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  • 1. RabbitsBy Mr. “Good Eating” Chapman
  • 2. Classification Kingdom – Animalia Phylum – Chordata Class – Mammalia Order – Lagomorpha  Once classified as rodents, but rabbits have 4 upper incisor teeth. Family – Leporidae (includes rabbits and hares)
  • 3. History Fossil remains show that rabbits have not changed in 30-37 MY. European Wild Rabbit – ancestor of all domestic rabbits  Domesticated by French monks from Middle Ages.
  • 4. History Difference bwt Hares & Rabbits– Hares are larger than rabbits Hares have longer black-tipped ears, Hares don’t build nests, Hares young are born with fur and with eyes open
  • 5.  Which one is the hare and which one is the rabbit.
  • 6. Rabbit found in US American Cottontail – common rabbit of the US.
  • 7.  Economic Importance  Hunted for food  Pelts for clothing
  • 8. Uses 1. Meat – high in protein, low in cholesterol, fat and sodium  Popular in Europe; not so much in the US, why? 2. Research – produce disease fighting antibodies, study reproduction and research human diseases  Rabbit blood best for growing AIDS  1991 – 400,000 rabbits used in research 3. Fur/Wool – used in clothes, toys, hats and gloves 4. Pets – Very clean, gentle and loveable pets 
  • 9. Rabbit Reproduction
  • 10. General Information Rabbits become sexually mature at 5-8 months after birth. Females do not have cycles; they breed according to length of day and temperature.
  • 11. Reproduction Females give birth about 30-32 days after mating. Kindling- Birth process in rabbits.
  • 12. Reproduction Females will nurse her young 1-2 times a day usually at night. Can raise babies by hand, but do not force feed because it could go to their lungs.
  • 13. Babies Baby rabbits should open eyes around 14 days old. At 3 weeks, babies will start to leave the nest, and start nibbling on straw and pellets. At 4-8 weeks babies can be weaned from mom.
  • 14. Babies Keep babies together, without mom for 7-14 days after weaning to help reduce stress.