french lop rabbit

French Lop Rabbit

Oryctolagus cuniculus french_lopear


Description

The French Lop is a large domestic rabbit with a wide head and ears that hang to about an inch below the jaw line. French Lops have muscular bodies and come in a wide variety of colors including light brown, black, chocolate brown, and red.

Size

This is the largest of the Lop-eared breeds. French Lops are very heavy, weighing 10-14 pounds.

Adaptations

Diet

The rabbits at Cosley Zoo receive rabbit pellets and timothy hay as a staple diet and fruits and vegetables as occasional treats.

Reproduction

When a rabbit is pregnant it is said to be "in kindle". The gestation period lasts 31 days. The female (doe) gives birth to a litter of baby rabbits (called kits or kittens), which are totally blind and hairless until they are 10 days of age. The typical litter size is 6 or 7 but can be as high as 12 kits. The young rabbits are weaned at 4 weeks of age. A doe can have as many as five litters per year.

Shelter and Space Needs

In the winter, Cosley Zoo's rabbits stay indoors. In the warmer months, they spend the days in a grassy yard, coming indoors at night or in bad weather. The rabbits are also provided with plenty of chewing material to help wear down there fast-growing teeth.

Life Expectancy

Domestic rabbits live between 5 and 15 years, with an average life expectancy of 8 years.

Importance to Man

French Lops are generally used for pets due to their good temperaments. However, because of their large size, French Lops can be difficult for young children to handle. Rabbits can also be raised for meat and fur.

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