Rabbits and Guinea Pigs

Rabbits and Guinea Pigs

RABBIT

Lepus curpaeums

  • Native to: Mainly North America but are found in many parts of the world. In the wild they are found in meadows, woods, forests, grasslands and wetlands and live in groups in underground burrows.
  • Diet: Herbivores by nature, they feed on grass, hay, leafy weeds, fruit and vegetables.
  • Lifespan: 8-12 years in captivity.
  • IUCN Status: Not listed.
  • Fun Facts: They are crepuscular meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk.  They are often seen as pests in the wild. Rabbits are also very popular as pets, being kept either outdoors or indoors as house pets.  They are very active so need plenty of exercise and are very social so enjoy companionship. Male rabbits are called Bucks, female rabbits are called Does and baby rabbits are called Kits.

 

GUINEA PIG

Cavia porcellus

  • Native to: They originate from the Andes in South America and were domesticated as early as 5000BC.
  • Diet: Herbivores by nature, they have a very natural diet of hay, grass, fruit and veg.
  • Lifespan: 5 years
  • IUCN Status: Domesticated.
  • Fun Facts: The Guinea Pig is from the Caviidae family and is large for a rodent. A male guinea pig is called a Boar, a female is called a Sow and a baby is called a pup.

 

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October 10, 2014

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