Species Spotlight: Rabbit

Pygmy rabbitHabitat: All continents except Antarctica. Found in grasslands, forests, mountains, deserts, swamps.

Diet: Vegetation

Size: Can reach up to 15 lbs and 2 ft long

Classification: Class Mammalia (mammals); Order Lagomorpha (rabbits, hares, pikas); Family Leporidae; over 50 species.

  • The rabbit’s skin is not attached to the body. Just like some lizards will lose a tail to escape a predator, the rabbit can lose a piece of skin to a predator and escape.
  • There are over 60 breeds of domestic rabbit!
  • Rabbits practice coprophagy, in which the rabbits partially digest their food, pass it out of the body, eat the feces, and digest it again.
  • In the United States rabbits are the only animal considered pets, food, and pests simultaneously!

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About Megan Beaver

Megan is our Resident Zoologist at the Akron Fossils & Science Center. She has a Bachelors of Science in Zoology from Kent State University and is certified in Project WILD, Aquatic Project WILD, and Growing Up WILD through the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Megan enjoys sharing knowledge about animals and their ways. Megan spends her free time with family, friends and her dog, cat, and horse.

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