as a rabbit (colloquially also Karnickel) one designates several kinds and kinds from the family of the hares (Leporidae). It is however no systematic term, since kinds the called rabbits are not always related more near with one another as than “hares” the designated kinds. To that“Rabbits” count:

Game rabbit in Australia

To closer systematics see the article hare.


the term rabbit comes over the old-French “connin” from latin word “cuniculus”, which both rabbits and “undergroundCourse " or “cave” means.

„hare “and „rabbits “

„rabbits “is no systematic Taxon, „hares “- not in the sense of the whole family (Leporidae), but as group of kinds or kinds - then only if her on the kind of the genuine hares (Lepus) remains limited. Some kinds, which become red rabbit (Pronolagus) for example, occasionally as hares, occasionally as rabbits designation. Nevertheless it can a set of characteristics which decide be stated whether a kind is called hare or rabbit:

  • Hares have usually longerEars and stronger hind legs than rabbits.
  • Rabbits dig earthworks, while hares in the free field live.
  • Newborn rabbits come naked and blindly to the world and are nest stools, while newborn hares have a skin and open eyes and Nestflüchter are.
  • Rabbits pull themselves with danger intheir building back; Hares put into their would sit completely quietly.
  • Rabbits live in groups, hares are loners.

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