Where do rabbits live?

Where do rabbits live?

Where do rabbits live in the wild?

Like other animals, rabbits like to have their own home where they can eat, sleep and chill out. This applies whether the rabbit is wild or being kept as a pet. But where do rabbits live?

In this article, we’re going to take a look at where rabbits live in the wild and where rabbits live as pets.

Hopefully, this will help you to know a little bit more about wild rabbits and also teach you to provide the perfect home for your pet rabbit.

Where do rabbits live in the wild?

Rabbits don’t have a specific type of location where they prefer to live in the wild; they will make their home anywhere where it’s easy to dig a burrow.

Rabbits live in groups. This means that burrows and nesting areas are linked together by a range of tunnels. This linked habitat is called a rabbit warren.

Wild rabbit warrens can be really large and can descend as much as three metres underground. There are several entrances to the warren, as well as several emergency tunnels and exits should the rabbits need to exit the warren in a hurry.

If you could look inside a rabbit warren you would notice that it is very clean. Rabbits only drop soft pellets which they re-digest in their home. The other hard pellets are all dropped outdoors.

Rabbits find their food outside the warren. They eat close to the warren which is why you may notice that the vegetation is shorter in that area. Rabbits are prey animals and eating close to home makes it easier for them to escape into the warren should any predators appear on the scene.

The threat of predators is also the reason why rabbits are crepuscular animals. This means that they tend to be awake and active early in the morning and in the evening, as in the wild these are safer times of day for them to be out looking for food. That is not to say that you won’t sometimes see a rabbit out in the open in the middle of the day, if the weather is sunny and the area is secluded.

Where do rabbits live as pets?

If you are looking to keep rabbits as pets then it’s a good idea to keep a pair rather than just one on its own. If you decide to just have one rabbit as a pet then you need to be prepared to give it all of the attention and companionship it needs. A good way of doing this is to keep your rabbit in your home with you. Keeping a house rabbit is far more common now than it used to be.

If your rabbit lives in your house then it has all the space and companionship it needs. Here are some points to remember if you are thinking of having a house rabbit.

  • You need to spend time litter training your bunny; this is relatively simple with most rabbits. It’s easier if you start this training after your pet has been spayed or neutered.
  • You need to bunny proof your home. Rabbits do have a tendency to chew. You should be especially careful to make sure wires are out of your rabbit’s reach or boxed in.
  • You need to make sure that your rabbit has some sort of house in your home where they can go to when they want some alone time. You can go in a room and shut the door if you want this and you should enable your pet to have the same sort of space.

Of course, you can also opt to keep your rabbit in a hutch. In the UK, the minimum size hutch that is suitable for a rabbit is 6’ x 2’ x 2’; this is according to the Animal Welfare Act. The Act also states that an 8’ x 4’ x 4’ run should be attached to the hutch. If you have a very large rabbit – or more than one – then you will of course need even more space.

If your rabbit is living outside it’s also worth remembering that they should be fully protected from potential predators.

Whether in the wild or in the family home, rabbits are sociable and playful. As you can see they need a home that is secure, spacious and a home that includes a space for them to be alone if they choose to be.

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