Rabbits are not rodents, but are part of the Lagomorpha order of animals. They were, however, classed as Rodentia until around 1912, when the Lagomorpha order was recognized. It is thought that rodents and lagomorphs share a common lineage, and so both are grouped together under the superorder of GliresKnow More
Rabbits have two sets of incisors, one behind the other, and this is the major difference between them and rodents. Rabbits live in groups and usually live in burrows underground, called warrens, and half of all the rabbit's population reside in North America. Most of South America has a single species, the tapeti, which spread to the continent during the Great American Interchange.
Rodents, however, are native to all continents except Antarctica. Out of the 4,000 living mammal species on the planet, 1,500 of those are rodents, making it the largest group of mammals. Mice, rats, hamsters, porcupines, woodchucks, squirrels, chinchillas and beavers are all included in the rodent order.
Other mammals found in the Lagomorpha order are hares and pikas. All are small to medium-sized herbivores, and they have two types of droppings: the common, solid spherical droppings and a soft grease-like pellet. The latter is re-consumed by the mammal as it contains many nutrients and vitamins and allows them to utilize maximum nutrition from the food they eat.Learn more about Mammals
Humans are classified as mammals. Like other mammals, humans have body hair, suckle their young with milk produced from special glands on their chests, possess differentiated teeth and a four-chambered heart, and become pregnant rather than lay eggs.Full Answer >
The snowshoe hare is scientifically classified as a member of the kingdom Animalia, phylum Chordata, Mammalia class, Lagomorpha order, Leporidae family and Lepus genus. The scientific name for the snowshoe hare is the Lepus americanus.Full Answer >
The main difference between a rat and an opossum is that the rat is a rodent, and the opossum is a marsupial. This means that the opossum has a pouch that protects its babies. Though both animals have adapted to living around and among humans, the rat has become especially adept at living in human habitations, including ships, sewers and subways.Full Answer >
The computer mouse is so named because of its resemblance to the rodent of the same name. The body of the device resembles the rounded body of the animal, with the cord resembling a mouse's long tail. The mouse was invented by Douglas Engelbart in 1964, and while a member of his team came up with the name, no one remembered exactly who first called the device a mouse.Full Answer >