Just about everyone knows what a rabbit is. They’re found on every continent except Antarctica, they’re characters in our stories and films, and they’re symbols of our holidays. But what exactly is a rabbit? That’s a tougher question. They look a lot like rodents, but they’re actually in a different group called the lagomorphs. (Lagomorphs’ closest relatives are rodents, though.) This group contains rabbits, hares, and pikas, which are mountain-dwelling creatures that look like short-eared rabbits.
Like rodents, lagomorphs’ front teeth grow throughout their lives, but lagomorphs have more front teeth, or incisors, on their upper jaws than rodents do. Another difference between these groups is that lagomorphs eat almost nothing but plants, but rodents are omnivores—some rodents will eat just about anything
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