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Rabbits - Research Paper

Rabbits


One very common mammal is the rabbit. Although have some
rodentlike features such as prominent incisors, they are placed in the
order Lagomorpha, which also includes hares and pikas. "lagomorph" comes
from a Greek word referring to the form of the split upper lip," or
"harelip," of the hare. Lagomorphs also have two smaller incisors behind
the two larger ones. Like rodents, lagomorphs are herbivores that feed only
on plants. The hare gives birth to young that have eyes open and a full
coat of fur, while rabbits bear naked young that have eyes closed. The
young of hares can survive on their own from birth. Young rabbits are
totally dependaent on their mother for protection and nourishment ...

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snowshoe rabbit. The hare
has strong hind legs that enable it to hop 43 miles per hour (69 km/h), as
fast as a race horse. Lagomorphs must be able to hop about quickly to
escape from predators. Another lagomorph, the pika, dwells among the craggy
mountain slopes of Asia and North America. In late summer the little pika
might be seen guarding a stack of freshly cut hay with determination. A
pika bites off tender shoots of grass and plants and piles them up into
stacks 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) high. The hot summer sun dries the grass
and plants and preserves them for winter consumption. Measuring only 6 6o
10 inches (15 to 25 cm) in length and weighing 6 to 14 ounces (170 to 400
g), pikas are much smaller than hares and rabbits. Pikas bark sharply to
alert other pikas of approaching ...

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Added: 10/17/2006 06:06:15 PM
Category: Science & Nature
Type: Free Paper
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