Animal Age

How old does a European rabbit get? (age expectancy)

What is the maximal age a European rabbit reaches?

An adult European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) usually gets as old as 18 years.

European rabbits are around 30 days in the womb of their mother. When born, they weight 39 grams (0.09 lbs) and measure 2.37 meter (7′ 10″). As a member of the Leporidae family (genus: Oryctolagus), a European rabbit caries out around 5 little ones per pregnancy, which happens around 4 times a year. Fully grown, they reach a bodylength of 40 cm (1′ 4″).

As a reference: Usually, humans get as old as 100 years, with the average being around 75 years. After being carried in the belly of their mother for 280 days (40 weeks), they grow to an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″) and weight in at 62 kg (137 lbs), which is obviously highly individual.

A European rabbit gets as old as 18 years

The European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) or coney is a species of rabbit native to southwestern Europe (including Spain, Portugal and western France) and to northwest Africa (including Morocco and Algeria). It has been widely introduced elsewhere, often with devastating effects on local biodiversity. However, its decline in its native range (caused by the diseases myxomatosis and rabbit calicivirus, as well as overhunting and habitat loss), has caused the decline of its highly dependent predators, the Iberian lynx and the Spanish imperial eagle. It is known as an invasive species because it has been introduced to countries on all continents with the exception of Antarctica, and has caused many problems within the environment and ecosystems. Feral European rabbits in Australia have had a devastating impact, due in part to the lack of natural predators there.The European rabbit is well known for digging networks of burrows, called warrens, where it spends most of its time when not feeding. Unlike the related hares (Lepus spp.), rabbits are altricial, the young being born blind and furless, in a fur-lined nest in the warren, and they are totally dependent upon their mother. Much of the modern research into wild rabbit behaviour was carried out in the 1960s by two research centres. One was the naturalist Ronald Lockley, who maintained a number of large enclosures for wild rabbit colonies, with observation facilities, in Orielton, Pembrokeshire. Apart from publishing a number of scientific papers, he popularised his findings in a book The Private Life of the Rabbit, which is credited by Richard Adams as having played a key role in his gaining “a knowledge of rabbits and their ways” that informed his novel Watership Down. The other group was the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia, where numerous studies of the social behavior of wild rabbits were performed. Since the onset of myxomatosis, and the decline of the significance of the rabbit as an agricultural pest, few large-scale studies have been performed and many aspects of rabbit behaviour are still poorly understood.

Animals of the same family as a European rabbit

Not really brothers and sisters, but from the same biological family (Leporidae):

Animals that reach the same age as European rabbit

With an average age of 18 years, European rabbit are in good companionship of the following animals:

Animals with the same number of babies European rabbit

The same number of babies at once (5) are born by:

Weighting as much as European rabbit

A fully grown European rabbit reaches around 1.59 kg (3.51 lbs). So do these animals:

Animals as big as a European rabbit

Those animals grow as big as a European rabbit: