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European rabbit

Oryctolagus cuniculus


The European rabbit is a smallish, grey-brown (or sometimes black) mammal, although it ranks as medium-sized by lagomorph standards. It ranges from 34 to 50 cm in length, not counting a tail of 4 to 8 cm. Weight can range from approximately 1.1 to 2.5 kg. It has four sharp incisors (two on top, two on bottom) that grow continuously throughout its life, and two peg teeth on the top behind the incisors. Rabbits have long ears, large hind legs, and short, fluffy tails.


The European rabbit is well known for digging networks of burrows, called warrens, where it spends most of its time when not feeding.


There is three animals you will hardly miss in Shetlands: rabbits, sheep and ponies :-)

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The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

These are certainly wild, however I don´t know if they were introduced to the islands in past centuries or whether they were already here. I think in this case they are tame because they are used to see humans around that don´t hunt them :-)

MartinUrban 8 years ago

that's great - these are real wild rabbits, right ? yesterday i saw some feral domestic rabbits ... they also weren't scared of humans at all ... :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Thanks, Martin. The rabbits are quite tame in Shetlands which allows for nicer close ups :-)

MartinUrban 8 years ago

Great Series !!!

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Spotted on Jun 11, 2013
Submitted on Jul 13, 2013


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