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Rabbit

(Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Size: 35-40cm Weight: 1-2 kg Lifespan: max. 3 years in the wild MH

Identification: The rabbit has a compact body shape and sandy brown coat. The ears are uniformly brown. The tail is held up showing the white underside. Burrow / droppings General: The 10-50cm diameter burrows are seen on slopes or banks. Usually several burrows are interconnected to form warrens. These are the focus of group living with the numbers and sex ratio of rabbits in each warren dependent on the ease of burrowing and food availability. Rabbits are prolific breeders with females producing litters of 3-7 young every 5-6 weeks during the February – August period under favourable conditions. Numerous entrances to the warren aid escape from polecats or stoats which can hunt rabbits within the warren. Other important predators of rabbits are foxes and buzzards, whilst badgers, weasels and domestic cats will take young ones. Rabbits are most common in areas of short grassland particularly where cover MH such as scrub or hedgerow is nearby. However, they can be a significant pest in agricultural crops where they can frequently be subject to control by shooting, gassing or ferreting 25

Cambridgeshire Mammal Atlas  
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