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Rabbits and hares - difference and similarity

These small, fast-running furry mammals with long, upright ears and bushy tails are very similar, and hares are sometimes called rabbits. For example, the jack rabbit of North America is really a hare. Hares are generally bigger than rabbits and have more powerful hind legs. Rabbits grow to a length of 18 inches at the most. They dig extensive burrows in which they live and breed, whereas hares simply live in hollows in the ground.

Rabbits and hares difference - rabbit

Rabbits and hares difference - hare

Rabbits and hares - difference and similarity

Although the rabbit is often a lovable pet, in the wild it causes great damage to crops and pastures

The hare is a herbivorous or grass-eating animal like a rabbit but usually much larger. It is a very fast runner

Rabbits live wild in most parts of the world, mainly in open grasslands or clearings in woods. Many are kept in captivity, for their fur or meat, or as pets. The front teeth of rabbits are large, and are used for nibbling grass and other green vegetation - their main food. Rabbits do a great deal of harm to farm crops and pastures, and farmers consider them pests.

Hares reach a length of about two feet. Like rabbits, they have big front teeth - for nibbling grass, their main food - long ears, and long, powerful hind legs. Unlike rabbits, hares are solitary and live in hollows in the ground called forms. In the mating season, male hares leap and kick and fight one another with their front legs. This behavior is the reason for the expression 'mad as a March hare'. Young hares, called leverets, are born with open eyes and well-developed coats. They are quite different from the blind, naked young of rabbits, which are born in the protection of a burrow.

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