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Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order La;morpha, found in several parts of the world. There are seven different genera in the family classified as rabbits, including the European rabbit, cottontail rabbit (13 species);, and the Amami rabbit (endangered species on Amami Oshima, Japan);. There are many other species of rabbit, and these, along with cottontails, pikas, and hares, make up the order La;morpha. Rabbits generally live between four and twenty years. A rabbit's gestation period is 28 to 31 days

Rabbits are clearly distinguished from hares in that rabbits are altricial, having young that are born blind and hairless. In contrast, hares are generally born with hair and are able to see (precocial);. All rabbits (except the cottontail rabbit); live underground in burrows or warrens, while hares live in simple nests above the ground (as does the cottontail rabbit);, and usually do not live in groups. Hares are generally larger than rabbits, with longer ears, and have black markings on their fur. Hares have not been domesticated, while rabbits are often kept as house pets. In gardens, they are typically kept in hutches –small, wooden, house-like boxes– that protect the rabbits from the environment and predators.

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