This comparison lists several important differences between rabbits and hares in their physical features, lifestyle, habitat and behavior. Both animals belong to the Lagomorpha order of mammals; we also discuss some similarities between the two.

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Hare versus Rabbit comparison chart
Introduction (from Wikipedia) Hares are mammals, they give birth on the ground or dig a hollow place. Hares are brownish gray with a white belly. They can give birth to up to five young at one time. They feed at night and at dawn. They thump on the ground to alert danger. Rabbits (or, colloquially, bunnies) are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world. The rabbit's long ears can be more than 10 cm (4 in) long and they have large powerful hind legs.
Size Larger than rabbits Smaller than hares
Gestation period 30-31 days 42 days
At birth Fully developed with fur; open eyes No fur; closed eyes
Preferred habitat Open areas and prairies; Nests in small open depressions Trees and shrubs; Live in burrows dug into the soil.
Protection from predators Hares are runners; they run fast and prefer to bolt away from their predators. Rabbits prefer to hide from predators rather than trying to run away.
Diet Vegetarian Vegetarian
Kingdom Animalia Animalia
Phylum Chordata Chordata
Class Mammalia Mammalia
Order Lagomorpha Lagomorpha
Family Leporidae Leporidae (in part)
Genus/Genera Lepus Pentalagus, Bunolagus, Nesolagus, Romerolagus, Brachylagus, Sylvilagus, Oryctolagus, Poelagus
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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