All about rabbits

The Netherland dwarf (pictured) is a breed of rabbit commonly kept as a pet.Rabbits are easy to recognize. Their long ears help them detect predators and their long legs help them run for safety. Rabbits live in many regions of the world. They are herbivores, meaning they eat plant matter like hay.

Rabbits live in social groups, and they often dig burrows underground. A system of rabbit burrows is called a warren. A male rabbit is called a buck, and a female rabbit is called a doe. A baby rabbit is called a kitten or kit. Although some rabbits are small, they are not rodents.

Rabbits are often raised by humans as pets. A cage for a rabbit is called a hutch. In many parts of the world, rabbits are also raised for their meat and fur. Rabbit skins are warm and are used as clothing in some regions.

Rabbits are known for having a fast rate of reproduction. Normal gestation for rabbits is about 30 days. Because of this short interval between generations, rabbits have been able to quickly colonize new areas. In Australia and New Zealand, rabbits introduced by early colonists have become invasive species.

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