Rabbits dig holes for shelter and protection from predators. They quickly hide in a hole whenever predators appear. They also like to sleep in burrows, which they find safe and comfortable.Know More
Holes serve as a refuge for rabbits when they feel the presence of predators, such as foxes, cats, owls, weasels and human beings. They get out of their holes whenever they need to find food. Because holes make rabbits feel safe, female bunnies typically give birth inside burrows and use the holes as a shelter for their little ones.
Rabbits often build clusters of homes, called warrens, that are situated close to each other. The male bunnies are responsible for protecting the group. Rabbits consider the surrounding area of their holes as their territory, and they like to keep an eye on their domain. However, their turf is often small because they prefer to stay close to their holes, so they can immediately scurry to their shelter when predators come near them. Rabbits don’t like to search for food beyond their territory.
Rabbits have varying digging habits depending on their species. Cottontail rabbits prefer to use empty holes created by other animals, whereas pygmy rabbits like to dig many holes. Domestic rabbits sometimes dig due to their natural instinct. Some pet owners prepare digging units to satisfy the need to dig of their pet bunnies.Learn more about Rabbits & Hares
Rabbits scream when they are frightened or are in pain. While some rabbits do not scream when they are dying, most rabbits will scream at least once during their lifetime. A rabbit's scream sounds exactly like the scream of a young child.Full Answer >
Rabbits are not rodents, but are a different kind of gnawing mammal called a lagomorph. Lagomorphs differ from rodents chiefly in that they have four incisors rather than two in the upper jaw. Hares, rabbits and small lemming-like creatures called pikas all belong to this group.Full Answer >
Rabbits are herbivores both in the wild and in captivity. Wild rabbits eat grass, flowers and other readily available plants in the summer and switch to eating twigs and bark along with any green vegetation they can find in the winter.Full Answer >
Rabbits are very active during the winter, as the weather and the lack of plants means they have to spend much more of their time searching for food. When not searching for food, rabbits spend much of their time in the warmth of their underground shelters, which they usually line with grass, leaves and sticks to help make it more insulated.Full Answer >