Domestic Rabbit History and Facts

    Domestic rabbits have come from wild rabbits around the world. People began domesticating them in the Middle Ages. They have been in the United States since the 1700s. Rabbits are crepuscular, or most active at dawn and dusk. They will normally sleep during the day and night. It may be most natural for a rabbit to eat at these times. Rabbits have a fragile skeleton, and must be handled carefully.

   Rabbits, Pikas, and Hares are lagomorphs. Lagomorphs are animals that are like rodents, but have an extra set of upper incisors. The scientific name for a rabbit is Oryctolagus Cuniculus. Common rabbits and hares found in the United States are the cottontail, snowshoe rabbit, jackrabbit, and domestic rabbit. Wild rabbits live in Warrens, and each warren is a system of burrows.

   The average live expectancy for a rabbit is seven years, although they can live to be 15 years old. Dwarf rabbits tend to live shorter lives than larger rabbits. Breeding rabbits can have litters until four years old, but some have litters later.

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