Rabbits generally hop using a gallop-style gait, during which the back paws land together in pairs forward of and outside of the front paws. They use this gait whether they are moving quickly or slowly. Rabbits will also walk when carefully exploring a new area.Know More
The rabbit's skeletal and muscular systems are highly adapted to this style of movement. Their spines contain elongated bones along the abdominal region, allowing them to flex and compress strongly while bounding. Their back limbs are much longer than their front limbs, with most of the length of the leg made up of the bones below the knee, the fibula and tibia. Attached to these bones and to the femur, the leg bone above the knee, are extremely powerful muscles.
In addition, the rabbit skeleton as a whole is light. It makes up, on average, 8 percent of an animal's weight, as compared to 12 percent for the similarly sized domestic cat. This reduction in weight makes it easier for the animal to get off the ground and move rapidly when in danger.
Bounding puts a lot of pressure on a rabbit's back, and because the skeleton is so delicate, rabbits are prone to fracturing spinal vertebrae.Learn more about Rabbits & Hares
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 >
Both wild and tame rabbits spray urine to mark their territory due to hormonal urges. This behavior can often be curbed by spaying or neutering the rabbit.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 >
Gestation in rabbits lasts between 28 and 31 days, and females can mate again within hours of giving birth. Rabbits are induced ovulators, which means the act of mating stimulates the female to ovulate. The mother can give birth to a new litter before the previous litter is even weaned.Full Answer >