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Rabbit Burrows and Holes

rabbit burrows and holes

Wild rabbits generally live in burrows or holes, groups of which are known as a warren.  Rabbits build holes, or occupy holes dug by other animals, for protection and as a place to raise their young.  Burrows and holes are the stuff of children’s stories, and may seem cute and appealing, but rabbits and their burrows can also be dangerous and damaging.

Not all rabbits dig holes.  The cottontail, for example, generally lives above ground, but many species of rabbit and hare will construct or enlarge holes.  These holes can be used for daily living, or as escape routes in case of danger.

Rabbit burrows are so cozy and convenient that they attract other animals such as rats and snakes.  Once rabbits move in you can expect to host a number of other wild animals also.

Rabbits naturally like to feed near their burrows and all plant life in the area is considered fair game.  Extensive damage to trees, shrubs, flowers, lawns and vegetables is common.  As the ground becomes honeycombed with holes, it is easy to trip or fall and twisted or even broken ankles are common.

A single rabbit hole can become a large warren very quickly as rabbits’ famous rate of reproduction comes into force.