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Jun 24

Life Through The Eyes of a Bunny

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From their big fluffy ears to their twitching nose and their wide round eyes, your bunny experiences the world from a very different perspective.

 

Vision

Due to their lateral placement on the face, rabbits have an almost 360 degree field of vision. The only exceptions are blind spots directly in front of their nose, under their chin, and directly behind them. This is one reason why you frequently see them standing up on their back legs and tilting their heads from side to side.

Rabbits are partially colorblind as they cannot distinguish the difference between red and green and they are sensitive to red light. This makes it difficult for your bunny to notice the difference between certain treats and toys!

They are also farsighted meaning that they have a hard time focusing on objects that are close by. However, they can focus a bit better than humans on far away objects. being farsighted also gives a rabbit poor depth perception which can cause safety concerns if they are in high places. It also helps to explain why your bunny becomes fearful even if a perceived threat is far away from them.

Rabbits are crepuscular meaning they see better during the low light hours of dusk and dawn. Their eyes are 8 times more sensitive to light than human eyes which means that they have difficulty seeing in very bright or very low light. Better vision in the early morning and evening helps explain why rabbits tend to be more active at these times.

Because they lack a light amplifying structure called a Tapetum, a rabbit's vision is also grainy.

 

Rabbits have an almost 360 degree field of vision
Rabbits have a hard time seeing blues and reds and they have a blind spot in the center of their nose.

 

Hearing

A rabbit's ears are very distinct. There is no doubt that you have seen your long eared pet swiveling his ears from side to side as he scans the environment. The unique shape acts as mini sound amplifiers allowing your furry little bunny to hear at a level much higher than humans. A rabbit can hear from a range of 360-42,000 htz whereas a human's hearing ranges from 64-23,000 htz. They can also swivel their ears in different directions in order to best determine the direction a sound is coming from. This is important to keep in mind when you are thinking of playing loud music or turning up the volume on your television. It also helps to explain why your bunny always seems to hear you coming when it's time to go to bed or why they can hear a bag of treats being opened from the other side of the house!

 

Rabbit's have a much wider range of hearing than humans making them sensitive to loud noises

 

 

Smell

Rabbits also have an excellent sense of smell! They have 100 million scent receptors making them very sensitive to strong odors such as perfumes and air fresheners. For this reason, rabbits are very susceptible to upper respiratory infections.

The distinctive bunny nose twitch is believed to be a way for rabbits to inhale more air allowing more scent particles to reach their scent receptors. When your bunny is relaxed, you likely will see less nose twitching as she does not feel the need to be on alert for potential danger.

 

Rabbit's have a highly developed sense of smell which is enhanced by the classic bunny nose twitch!

 

 

 

Taste

Your bunny has upwards of 17,000 taste buds allowing them to distinguish between sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. This is more than humans which only have 10,000. more taste buds means that wild rabbits can tell the difference between toxic and non-toxic plants, but due to the lack of necessity, your pet bunny may lose this this ability.

 

Rabbit's have about 17,000 taste receptors. Wild rabbits can even pick out toxic plants!

 

 

Touch

A rabbit's whiskers help them to determine the size of an opening in comparison to their body proportions. Much like a cat, a rabbit's whiskers are as long as their body is wide. They are located on the mouth, nose, cheeks and above the eyes. They are very sensitive to touch allowing them to adequately determine spacial orientation.

Rabbits use their whiskers to feel out their environment.

 

 

 

Resources

 

https://www.vgr1.com/vision/

https://www.calgaryhumane.ca/how-rabbits-hear-the-long-and-short-of-bunny-ears/

https://www.lsu.edu/deafness/HearingRange.html

https://pethelpful.com/rabbits/Why-Do-Rabbits-Noses-Twitch

https://www.petplace.com/article/small-mammals/general/rabbit-senses-what-is-it-like-in-their-world/