Where Do Wild Bunnies Sleep?

October 10, 2023

Many people are smitten with rabbits and end up buying one as a pet. Unfortunately, most of these rabbits don't get a good home and starve or are killed by predators. Others end up in shelters or dropped off outdoors, where they also die. The rest, often bought as Easter bunnies after children experience "bunny fever," are left alone in small outdoor cages or hutches that they can't escape from and eventually become food for predators.

Wild rabbits build a network of tunnels and a system of caves to sleep in called a warren. They have a nest, the equivalent of their bedroom, which is at the far end of the warren and covered with soft blankets or grass and moss. They are crepuscular, which means that they are most active during dawn and twilight. This is because their common predators, owls and hawks, don't see as well in changing light conditions.

Domestic rabbits, however, don't have to worry about predators and can eat and play during the day. They usually sleep through the night, taking a series of short naps. These naps are typically interrupted by loud noises, such as a sudden movement or changes in the lighting, so that they can wake up and start again.

If you're concerned about your pet rabbit sleeping too much, you might want to ask your veterinarian for advice. Some animals who sleep too much may develop respiratory problems and may even snore.

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