If you think you’re sure you have spotted a rabbit, but you still can’t decide whether it’s a rabbit (or bunny) it may be time to get a vet.
The term ‘bunnies’ refers to a group of unrelated animals including squirrels, foxes, cats and dogs.
But some experts have suggested the term is an animal that has been bred for the purpose of being called a rabbit.
There are also several species of rabbits, and there are also different breeds of rabbits.
So what is the difference between a rabbit and a bunny?
A rabbit is a land mammal that can reach a length of up to about 30 centimetres (8 inches) and weigh up to around 20 kilograms (42 pounds).
It can live for up to three years in captivity and can reach up to 10 kilograms (20 pounds) of weight.
It has an elongated body and a flat, flat-topped head.
A bunny is a bird or reptile that can grow up to eight metres (26 feet) long.
It can grow to between six and 15 kilograms (12 and 20 pounds) and can live up to 30 years in the wild.
They’re also sometimes referred to as bunnys because they have large eyes and short whiskers.
The name ‘bunny’ is also a nickname for a group or species of birds.
What to look for If you spot a rabbit you may be surprised to learn it’s actually not a rabbit at all.
The word ‘budgie’ is used to refer to a particular type of rabbit, and its name refers to its size, or the number of whiskers on its beak.
‘Budgerigar’ is another term used to describe rabbits, but its use is now limited to species of rabbit that live in Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania.
Bunnies are often mistaken for rabbits, although there’s no scientific evidence that they’re the same animal.
‘We do have some evidence that rabbits can be found in Australia,’ says Dr Sarah Macdonald from the Animal Welfare Society.
‘There’s some evidence they’re not the same species.’
She says it’s unlikely that the term ‘rabbit’ originated in Australia as it is an Australian species.
‘I’d say the origin is somewhere in New Zealand or Tasmania, but that’s very far off.
There’s a lot of rabbit activity out there in New South Wales and Victoria, and that’s probably where the term came from.’
Dr Macdonald says rabbits are not necessarily the most intelligent animals.
‘Rabbits are not particularly clever.
There have been many studies that have looked at that, but the only one that I’m aware of that has looked at them as a species is in the United States.’
The most important characteristics that a rabbit has in terms of temperament and intelligence are its coat colour, body length and size.
It is not uncommon for a rabbit to be referred to simply as ‘rabbits’ for its short, rounded ears and large eyes.
Rabbits are also known for their keen sense of smell, which is an essential part of their social behaviour.
There is also evidence that their eyesight can be better than rabbits’, and that they are better at learning new things than rabbits, especially when it comes to learning new sounds.
Rabbies are known to be quite shy, so if you spot them and they are a rabbit look away.
Rabbys are also usually more sociable than rabbits.
‘They are sociable creatures.
They will do anything to get something, but not to take it,’ Dr Macdon says.
Bedding Rabbies may be the most popular choice for a new rabbit, especially if you have a bedding box or crate with them.
A rabbit’s fur may be a very light brown or grey, depending on how old it is, but a small amount of black may also be present.
‘When you get a bunny, they will take to it, and they’ll love to hang out with you,’ Dr Mclaughan says.
‘Their personalities will evolve as they get older.’
If you want to know more about how rabbits are related to other animals, like dogs, then you can check out this page on the rabbit family tree.