Rabbit Facts for Kids

Hop Into Fun: Surprising Rabbit Facts Every Kid Should Know!

Let’s explore rabbit facts for kids! It’s Spring, and during Spring, many animals are born, including rabbits. There are over 50 species of rabbits. Rabbits live all over the world. Learn more about these adorable little creatures with these Fun Rabbit Facts for Kids. Let’s hop to it!

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What is a Rabbit?

 Rabbits are mammals. A mammal is a warm-blood animal that has hair and breathes air. Rabbits and Hares are part of the Lagomorph family. A female rabbit is called a doe. A male rabbit is called a buck. A baby or young rabbit is called a kit. Rabbits and bunnies are the same species.  Sometimes, young rabbits are referred to as bunnies.

There are over 50 species of rabbits and hares.  Cottontails, Pygmy, and European Rabbits live in the US. Most domestic or pet rabbits are European Rabbits.

Printable Bunny Rabbit Infographic
Printable Bunny Rabbit Infographic

Where Do Rabbits Live?

Rabbits are social animals and live in groups called colonies.  A colony is a group of animals that live, eat, and travel together.  All rabbits except the Cottontail Rabbits live in underground burrows, sometimes called rabbit holes.

Cotton Tail Rabbits live in above-ground nests.

A burrow is an underground hole or tunnel that an animal digs. Rabbits usually don’t dig their burrow, they move into one another, and animals have been abandoned. Since rabbits live together, you will see more than one burrow in the same location.

A group of burrows is called a warren.

Bunny Rabbits live on every continent except for Antarctica. They live in North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia. More than half the world’s population of rabbits live in North America.

Rabbits live in different habitats all over the world.  They live in open spaces, fields, prairies, deserts, swamps, mountainous areas, forests, woodlands, grasslands, marshes, and even in your backyard.

Bunny Rabbit in the grass

What do Rabbits Look Like?

Rabbits are one of the most recognizable animals.  They have small furry bodies with long furry or floppy ears and long hind legs. They have short round tails that look similar to cotton balls. 

Rabbits have long whiskers on their face, which help them navigate and sense their surroundings.

Rabbits come in various colors, including greys, browns, white and black. Most wild rabbits are brown. Have you ever seen a rabbit with long, fluffy fur? Well, they’re pretty good at growing it! Some rabbits can grow their fur an inch or more every month.

 A rabbit has 28 teeth, which never stop growing. To keep their teeth short, rabbits chew on branches and twigs.

The size of a bunny depends on what species it is. Dwarf or mini bunnies weigh 2- 4 pounds and are 7-9 inches long. Giant bunny species can be 20 inches long and weigh up to 15 pounds.

A rabbits ears are very imporant. Rabbits use their long ears for different reasons. They are used for hearing, temperature control, signaling when they are curious, and communication. When rabbits feel threatened, they may flatten their ears against their heads as a warning signal to other rabbits in their group.

Rabbits have excellent hearing, and they can even rotate their ears 270 degrees to listen for sounds all around them. They can hear predators coming from far away!

What is the Difference Between a Rabbit and a Hare?

Rabbit vs Hare
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Though there is no difference between rabbits and bunnies, but there is a difference between rabbits and hares. Hares are usually bigger, with longer ears and a longer hind leg.

They are also faster runners.  Hares live in meadows and prairies because they can outrun their predators.

Rabbits are more social than hares.  Rabbits live in colonies of up to 20 rabbits.  Hares are solitary animals, meaning they spend most of their time alone. Cottontail rabbits, like hares, spend a lot of time alone.

Both rabbits and hares molt, meaning they shed their coat or fur.  Hares have more drastic changes with their fur.  During different seasons, their coats change to camouflage with their surroundings. 

This is because hares live in more open spaces, and they need to be camouflaged.  The snow hare’s coat will change from brown to white in the winter.

Cute Rabbit in the grass

Rabbit Diet

Rabbits are herbivores, meaning they do not eat meat. Rabbits eat many things, including leafy greens, grass, clovers, wildflowers, wild strawberries, and farm crops.

Bunny Rabbits love to eat vegetables.  They also eat their poop!

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Rabbits are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk. They eat around dusk and sleep for about 8 hours a day.

Many rabbits sprint to their burrows at the sign of danger. Rabbits can run and hop at speeds up to 45 miles per hour.

Have you ever seen a rabbit do a funny little jump in the air? That’s called a “binky,” and it’s a sign that they’re super happy and excited.

Rabbits only sweat on the pads of their feet.

Some people eat rabbits. Rabbit meat is lower in fat, calories, and cholesterol than chicken, beef, and pork.

The average lifespan is ten years in the wild. Domesticated rabbits live up to 16 years.

Baby Rabbits

 

Throughout history, rabbits have been a symbol of fertility. Female rabbits reproduce often, usually having 2-3 litters a year, but sometimes up to 7. Mother rabbits are pregnant for 28-31 days. They give birth to 4-6 baby rabbits called a litter.

Babies, called kittens or kits, are born hairless with their eyes closed. They are helpless and dependent on their mother for survival. Kits open their eyes for the first time when they are around 10 to 14 days old. Around the same time, they begin to grow their first fuzzy fur coat.

A female rabbit is called a doe, a male rabbit is called a buck, and baby rabbits are called kits.

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Pet Rabbit

Rabbits are Great Pets

Many people have rabbits as pets. They are social animals, and can be great pets. They can be easily trained. But before you get a pet rabbit, it is important to look up how to take care of them. 

Rabbits follow a strict diet and require exercise. They need a clean and appropriate-sized cage to live in. 

Rabbits that are pets are called domesticated rabbits. Wild rabbits live around 10 years, and domesticated rabbits can live around 16 years. Domesticated (pet) rabbits should never be let out in the wild.  They will not be able to survive.

A rabbit’s foot is believed to bring good luck.  It is believed that this belief started in Europe around 600 BC.

Famous Rabbits

There are many famous rabbits in Hollywood and beyond. Check out our list of famous Bunny Rabbits.

  1. The Easter Bunny
  2. Bugs Bunny (Looney Tunes)
  3. The Energizer Bunny (from the Energizer Battery commercials)
  4. Peter Cottontail (Tale of Peter Cottontail)
  5. Rabbit (from Winnie the Pooh)
  6. Thumper (Disney’s Bambi)
  7. The White Rabbit (from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland)
  8. Rodger Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit)
  9. Snowball (The Secret Life of Pets)
  10. Judy Hopps (Zootopia)
  11. Cadbury Bunny (from the Cadbury Easter Egg commercials)
  12. Lola Bunny ( Space Jam)
  13. Trix Rabbit (Trix Cereal)

We hope you enjoyed these rabbit facts for kids.