One sure sign of spring is seeing bunnies everywhere. But did you know that bunnies are super smart, cool animals? Check out these amazing bunny facts:
Photo by Mark Philpott licensed CC BY-NC 2.0
Bunnies are crepuscular (say “cre-PUS-kew-lar”)! That means that they’re most active at dawn (just as the sun rises) and at dusk (when the sun sets). Most animals are diurnal — which means that they’re active during the day and sleep at night, like people, dogs and squirrels — or nocturnal — which means they sleep during the day and are active at night, like bats, owls and mice.
After you lose your baby teeth, the teeth that grow in will stay the same size and (hopefully) in the same place for the rest of your life — unless of course you have to get braces. But unlike people, a bunny’s front teeth are open-rooted, which means that they grow and grow and grow! In fact, bunny teeth can grow up to 12 centimetres each year. That’s why bunnies like to chew, chew, chew! In the wild, rabbits gnaw on twigs and bark to keep their teeth trimmed.
A bunny’s eyes are located high on the sides of their head, allowing them to see in almost every direction, including behind them. They only have one small spot where they can’t see – right in front of their nose.
The smallest bunny species is really tiny — a Dwarf rabbit weighs only 1.3 kilograms. However, the biggest bunnies are Flemish Giant rabbits, and they can weigh up to 6.3 kilograms. That’s some bunny!
That’s right, bunnies do a special dance called a binky when they’re happy. They jump up high in the air and do a half-twist. What a great way to celebrate being a bunny!