Oryctolagus cuniculus

Description

The Domestic Rabbit is commonly known as pet rabbit, it is a subspecies of the European Rabbit.

Distribution

The Domestic Rabbit is found throughout Australia. They are found throughout most of New South Wales but exception of the black soil areas.

Lifespan

The average lifespan of the Domestic Rabbit is 6 - 8 years, but they can live as long as 15 years.

Size

Varying in sizes. The largest breed can weigh 7 kg.

Diet

Rabbits are vegetarians and have a great ability to digest fibre. To do this they digest food twice, eating their own droppings - a vice in other animals but normal in the rabbit. Rabbit diet consists of vegetables, hay and pellets.

Habitat

The Domestic Rabbit inhabits meadows, woods and grasslands.

Breeding

The female rabbit is called a doe and is generally larger than the male, a male is called a buck and the young are called kittens. A doe can have between 6 and 10 kittens in a litter. A group is known as a “herd” and can live in a “warren”.

Nature

The larger breeds tend to be quieter than the smaller breeds. Rabbits are most active at dawn and twilight.

Breeds

Range from Angora, Cashmere, Lop eared, Dwarf, Large White just to name a few.