Where Do Bunnies Sleep?

November 11, 2023

You may have seen wild rabbits hopping around in parks, your backyard, or even in your neighborhood. But have you ever wondered where do bunnies sleep?

Rabbits are crepuscular creatures, meaning that they are most active at dawn and dusk to avoid predators. They are also light sleepers and tend to take many small naps throughout the day. These naps often last only a few minutes, but when a rabbit feels safe in its home environment they have been known to take longer slumbers.

Wild rabbits usually rest in a system of tunnels or a network of caves called a warren. These tunnels can be up to nine feet underground and offer a communal space for rabbits to sleep. Domestic rabbits can also be found sleeping in their cages or home.

When a rabbit is asleep it will typically be flopped into a bunny loaf position or on its side with their ears flattened and relaxed. Watch for a twitching nose, which is an indication that they are close to drifting off into dreamland. Unlike humans, rabbits can also sleep with their eyes open, which is thought to be an effective defense against predators as the light in their eyes will reach their brains faster.

You will often find your rabbit slumbering with its eyes wide open, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is dead. It is simply an expression of trust and confidence in its home environment. If your rabbit seems to be sleeping with its eyes closed, it may be because it has adapted to the dark and is no longer being threatened by predators.

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