Where Do Wild Rabbits Sleep?

November 4, 2023

Rabbits are a common sight in the wild but they're also an extremely vulnerable part of the food chain. Predators include owls, crows, hawks, skunks, coyotes, foxes, and cats and dogs. The little bunnies need to be clever about finding cover during the day as they try to escape their predators. You might see them crouching beneath brush piles, stacks of wood or compost piles, and thorn bushes.

They also hide in twiggy shrubs, dense thickets, or in ground level covers like burrows. Some rabbits dig their own burrows called warrens with tunnel systems that are large enough for a few dozen rabbits. They may also use natural shelters such as hollow logs, caves and other holes, and raised structures like sheds.

If you have a pet rabbit, you've probably noticed that they're most active during the hours around dawn and dusk. This is because wild rabbits are crepuscular animals, meaning that they're at their peppiest at these times of the day and night. This is a strategic advantage as it makes them less likely to encounter diurnal predators such as owls and hawks or nocturnal predators such as coyotes and cats.

Rabbits don't sleep through the night and instead take many short naps throughout the day and night. This is similar to the behavior of many other mammals including humans. You can tell that a rabbit is sleeping because their nose will stop wiggling and their head will twitch.

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