Wild rabbits survive the winter by creating burrows in the ground or using thick shrubberies to protect themselves from the cold temperatures. Some rabbits create their own burrows, while others will utilize abandoned burrows created by other rabbits or small creatures.
A rabbit's food source diminishes in winter, with most vegetation dying off after the first snow or ice storm. A rabbit may rely on the bark of trees and small woodsy plants to survive during the winter. The highest mortality rate for rabbits is the winter time as food becomes scarce. Rabbits are also at a higher risk from predators that are also struggling to find food sources in the winter.
Rabbits kept in captivity should be kept indoors during the winter. Unlike their wild counterparts, captive rabbits cannot create adequate burrows for warmth and could die from hypothermia if left outdoors during the winter months.Learn More
Bunnies do not lay eggs. The Christian holiday of Easter has some customs associating rabbits with eggs, but rabbits actually give birth to live young. Rabbits are mammals, and only three species of mammals are capable of laying eggs.Full Answer >
Netherland Dwarf rabbits are one of the smallest recognized domestic rabbit breeds. These rabbits are distinguished by their small size, high activity level, rounded body shape and proportionately large head and eyes. They come in many recognized rabbit colors, including Himalayan, black, chocolate, blue and, tortoiseshell.Full Answer >
Jackrabbits make their home primarily in the Great Basin region of the northern Great Plains. According to the Idaho Museum of Natural History, these animals can be found from the Mississippi River to the Sierra Nevada mountains, ranging as far as central Canada to northern New Mexico.Full Answer >
Rabbits can jump vertically about 2 feet, but they can also leap 9 feet horizontally due to their robust back legs. Rabbits can balance on those powerful legs to scout their surroundings for predators, and they thump the ground vigorously to alert other rabbits of danger.Full Answer >