If you own a rabbit at home, sometimes you may realize that they go missing. Probably, they don’t get lost but they disappear into underground tunnels built before. The underground tunnel these rabbits dig is called warrens. The tunnels are run in several directions containing runs, nesting areas, and even emergency exits. How do these rabbits build the underground tunnels? What are the reasons why they build the tunnels? Well, let us read through this article and get to answer these questions.
The digging behaviors in rabbits sometimes depend on the type of species. But let’s talk about those species of rabbits that normally dig tunnels.
How rabbits build tunnels underground
The rabbits love digging so much. This is made possible because they have sharp nails that help them scratch the ground and their front paws are very strong.
The rabbit selects a perfect place on the ground; this can be either in the garden or in a field that seems bare. It then separates its legs to be wide open or rather apart and quickly starts rubbing the ground for a period of time. If observing, you can see soil shooting in the air and after some time a hole is built. You may wonder how a small animal can do such a thing without help but that is its way of living and adaptation to its environment.
Reasons why rabbits dig underground tunnels
- Rabbits like to have their privacy when it comes to rest, and the privacy can only be found inside tunnels they dig underground.
- They also dig these tunnels looking for comfortable spaces for sleeping.
- Rabbits find tunnels as their safety heavens avoiding prominent predators like cats, dogs, foxes and even humans.
- Underground tunnels or warrens, act as safe spots for female rabbits to give birth to their offspring.
The Amazing Facts you never knew about rabbits.
- Rabbits have whiskers same width as their bodies and act as tools to determine whether they can fit through a hole and this stops them from getting stuck in the tunnel.
- Rabbits are one of the wild animals that can make very good pets.
- Rabbits are born blind and spend some few days in a nest lined with their mother’s fur and grass.
- Does and bucks can start reproducing as young as 4 months and take 30days to give birth and can get up to 800 children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren in their lifetime
- Rabbits have the ability to chew 120 times per min and their teeth never stop growing. But the teeth are kept natural from this chewing.
- When happy, rabbits can do what we call a binky; jumping up high in the air and doing spin.
- They are able to make a chattering noise using their teeth.
- From their herbivorous nature, rabbits are easy to feed. They can be feed using vegetables such as kales, spinach, cabbage and even grass.
- The ears of a rabbit can be able to detect sound from a very long distance, two directions at the same time.
Benefits of rearing rabbits at home
The rabbit gives you meat which is very sweet and enjoyable to take.By raising them at home, you will have the opportunity to take their meat and even sell them to get the finances. Their fur can be used in industries to make several products such as woolen jackets or even shoes. These products can be worn during the winter season.
Rabbits can be reared at home as pets where by you can enjoy having several at you home since they have fewer expenses. Their waste product is very useful since it acts as manure which improves the fertility of the soil and pest control hence making the crops grow well.
In conclusion, you can select a few breeds of the rabbit such as the mini Rex, New Zealand or even the Flemish giant and give them a try.
Have you ever wondered what happens to animals during the cold weather? As for us humans, we usually burrow beneath the blankets for warmness. The same happens to animals but the difference is that they burry underneath the ground. Don’t wonder how they survive because going underground is core element of their endurance.
Just like humans, these animals also build intricate homes. The only difference is that theirs are underground. These animals include;
- Burrowing Owl
This is a very attractive bird which lives underground. It digs its own burrow or use the ones abandoned by other animals. Mature owls produce a chuckling sound when they are in anguish while young owls hiss when agitated or in sorrow. These owls are unique compared to other owls. In fact, they are energetic at ground level at night instead of day time.
- A Mole
These animals dig their tunnels easily using their great front legs. They have a poor eye sight; hence their snouts are gifted in smelling stereo. Therefore, they can effectively detect the predators. Molehills reuse the oxygen inhaled above the ground by the use of their unique haemoglobin proteins. They help in making the soil more productive while underground.
- Kangaroo Rats
These are little burrowers who belong to neither rats nor kangaroos. They are tailored to desert live. Their underground houses are always four feet and above deep. They sleep during the day and are able to flee predators as they have gigantic back legs, which enable them to jump very far from the enemy. In addition, their hearing ability is outstanding, hence able to escape predators easily.
- Dwarf Mongoose
These are the smallest class of mongoose and live up to eight years in the desert. They mostly consume insects, hence pleased to live in places with plenty of termites. They live under the mounds and eat the same. They usually live in groups of 30 individuals and have unbelievable impulse, hence able to flee their predators especially snakes.
- Fennec Fox
These are also burrowing animals, and most people are now keeping them as pets, though without approval of wildlife control. They live in holes in deserts and have very long ears which help them to stay cool in the sun. They have thick fur which keeps them warm during cold seasons. They feed on plants and don’t require water in their lifetime, hence able to live in desert.
It is a desert animal that lives in a very tiny hole in deserts. Jerboas can easily escape their enemies as they can jump about 10 feet in one hop. They do this with the help of their elongated back legs. They move to the ground level during the night, hence not much is known about them.
In conclusion, the live of these burrowers is exciting. It is difficult to believe that an insect or animal can survive under our feet. However, these animals feel comfortable underneath as they are able to escape their predators effectively. Being underground is also essential for their survival, as they get the warmth that they need during cold seasons.