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Rabbits are mammals of the order Lagomorpha. There are about fifty different species of rabbits and hares. The order Lagomorpha is made of rabbits, pikas and hares. Rabbits can be found in many parts of the world. They live in families and eat vegetables and hay. In the wild, rabbits live in burrows, that they dig themselves. A group of rabbits living together in a burrow is called a warren.
A male rabbit is called a buck, and a female is called a doe. A baby rabbit is called a kit, which is short for kitten. Rabbits have a gestation period of around 31 days. The female can have up to 12-13, very rarely litters as big as 18 and as small as one.
Since rabbits are prey animals, they tend to be in new spaces and when with a threat, they freeze and observe. Rabbit vision has a very wide field, and a good deal of it is devoted to overhead scanning. Even indoors, rabbits will scan for overhead threats.
Predators of the rabbit include bears, domesticated cats and dogs, foxes, raccoons, snakes and even some humans. People are also known to go shooting rabbits.
The expected lifespan of a rabbit is about 9 to 12 years. The oldest rabbit on record was 18 years old.
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- "Irish Mammals – Rabbits". eircom.net. http://homepage.eircom.net/~edrice/mammals/rabbit.htm. Retrieved 2008-11-05.