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All breeds of domesticated rabbits around the world, whether Angoras,
Lops, or “Belgian Hares” are one species of rabbit (European wild rabbit) Oryctolagus cuniculus

Hares and jackrabbits are the same general group of animals, a common name, applied more to where the animal is found than to any group difference. That being said, let’s go over the basic differences between a rabbit, a “cottontail” and a hare.

Rabbits tend to be a communal animal living in groups, live or birth in underground burrows, have newborn young with little or no fur and born with eyes not yet open.

Hares are generally larger than both rabbits and cottontails, have longer ears, and often have black markings on their fur. They usually do not live in groups, deliver their young in shallow depressions in the ground, and the young are born furred and with eyes already open.

Cottontails are generally the size of rabbits. They are not communal, and while they deliver their young in a grass-line depression or hole in the ground much like the hares, the young are born naked, and with eyes not yet opened, like rabbits. (the Eastern Cottontail, Sylvilagus floridanus, is the common wild “rabbit” found over much of the east and central US and southern Canada)



Digestion in rabbits is quite the opposite of other browsers and grazers. Cows, sheep, and goats (ruminants) have pre-stomach like organs where the majority of the digestion is down by bacteria and enzymes before the food enters the main stomach. In rabbits, most of the digestion by enzymes and bacteria takes place after the stomach, in the large intestine and the cecum. The cecum, which is by far larger than the stomach and intestines, also produces a special kind of fecal pellet called cecotropes.. where it has concentrated vitamins, minerals, and proteins. These are the fecal pellets that can be sometimes be seen eaten by the rabbit in the evening and are necessary for proper health.

When rabbits were first released in Australia, they multiplied out of control due to the lack of natural predators. With other forms of control being inadequate, viral diseases called myxomatosis and calicivirus were released to help curb the population. Unfortunately, as most of mankind’s attempts to modify environmental systems do, the disease got transported to Europe and almost wiped out the native rabbit population. It will sooner or later be a problem almost everyplace. A genetically modified antivirus has been released in Spain to counteract the original virus (does this sort of sound like a science fiction/ horror movie: man releases rabbits in land with no natural predator controls……. rabbits overrun land and start destroying native vegetation…. dogs released to control rabbits…. dogs start killing native marsupials (much slower than rabbits)….. man releases destructive virus…. controls rabbits, but escapes to Europe and starts wiping out rabbits in their native habitat….man genetically creates counter virus… 468 pound super rabbit eats Paris (ok..now I am being sarcastic…) [for additional delight, read the story of rats, snakes, mongooses, and the loss of native birds in the Hawaiian Islands]

Btw… Myxomatosis is spread by fleas and mosquitoes.


A little zoological information

Order: Lagomorpha
Family: Leporidae

Genus: Oryctolagus European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Genus: Sylvilagus Cottontails, swamp rabbits, etc.
(eastern cottontail; Sylvilagus floridanus )

Genus: Lepus Artic Hare, Black-tailed Jackrabbit, Broom
Hare, Snowshoe hare, and many more.

Other genera contain coneys, and picas
 

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Hope this is help to someone, just wanted to bring a few things together in one place for the general good. Er..... sorry about the environmental ravings:eek:
 

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I wanna see the movie about the monster rabbit eating Paris! LOL
 
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