RabbitScientific name: Oryctolagus cuniculus

Meaning of name: Unknown.

Distribution: Widespread across most of Australia. Absent from the wettest areas of northern Australia and deserts in dry years.

Description: Rabbits have a body length up to 390 centimetres.

Notes: Rabbits were introduced to southeastern Australia in 1858. In the following 60 years rabbits spread across the southern half of the continent.

Rabbits threaten the bushland by digging burrows and eating the vegetation, leading to erosion. In dry conditions they will eat the bark from trees and dig up the roots of shrubs.

Rabbits become sexually mature at about 3 months old. A female rabbit can produce up to 25 young in one year.

References: The Australian Museum Complete Book of Australian Mammals. Edited by Ronald Strahan. 1983