Hare vs. Rabbit

Hare
Rabbit

There are several important differences between rabbits and hares even though both animals belong to the Lagomorpha order of mammals.

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Hare

Hare

Rabbit

Rabbit
Genus/Genera Lepus Pentalagus, Bunolagus, Nesolagus, Romerolagus, Brachylagus, Sylvilagus, Oryctolagus, Poelagus
Kingdom Animalia Animalia
Family Leporidae Leporidae (in part)
Diet Vegetarian Vegetarian
Class Mammalia Mammalia
Phylum Chordata Chordata
Order Lagomorpha Lagomorpha

Contents: Hare vs Rabbit

A hare as depicted in a painting.
A hare as depicted in a painting.

Differences in Physical features

A rabbit (Eastern Cottontail or Sylvilagus floridanus).
A rabbit (Eastern Cottontail or Sylvilagus floridanus).

There are several differences in the physical features of hares and rabbits that allow us to distinguish between the two.

Comparison of Lifestyle and Behavior

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The hare and rabbit's different physical characteristics are distinctly seen in the video below.

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Comments: Hare vs Rabbit

Anonymous comments (9)

March 29, 2013, 10:01pm

A Hare has a split lip .... thus the expression a person has a "Hare Lip"

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April 18, 2013, 9:50pm

This really helped! I was wondering in science when we learned about placental mammals.

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March 27, 2009, 7:05am

Thank you for posting this, it was very helpful!

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May 7, 2014, 10:57pm

Mouse is to rat as rabbit is to hare... is to wallaby... is to kangaroo...

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March 10, 2013, 7:24pm

Many rabbits' eyes (especially the all-white ones) have red eyes.

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November 18, 2011, 4:14pm

helped alot thx (:

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November 19, 2009, 12:27pm

this helped me alot!! thanx

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July 8, 2009, 4:59pm

Thanks! This was a lot of help for my 4-H project!

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April 7, 2009, 5:40pm

yes very helpful thankx alot

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