Lagomorphs | Lagomorpha

Lagomorphs are small to medium sized mammals that resemble rodents, which are their closest living relatives. Lagomorphs have short tales and flaps of skin that meet behind their incisor to allow gnawing with the mouth cavity closed. All lagomorphs are terrestrial and occupy habitats from tropical to the arctic, however, they are not found in Antarctica, Australia, or on most islands. All Lagomorphs are herbivores and feed on grasses and small plants. Lagomorphs produce two different types of feces, one that is wet and able to be consumed again for nutrients and other that is dry and is discarded.

How long do lagomorphs live?

The life expectancy of lagomorphs depends from family to family. Pikas typically live up to 7 years in the wild. Hares can live between 3 to 4 years, some live longer. Rabbits in the wild tend to live much shorter lives of about 3 years than those in captivity who can live between 8 to 12 years.

What animals belong to the lagomorph family?

The Lagomorpha order consists of two families. These are the ochotonidae referring to pikas, and the leporidae referring to hares and rabbits. There are about 29 species of pikas, 28 species of rabbits, and 30 species of hares. The total lagomorph order is made up of about 87 species.

What is the difference between lagomorphs and rodents?

Despite all their differences lagomorphs are most closely related to rodents than any other mammals. Lagomorphs have 4 incisors in the upper jaw while rodents have 2. Also, lagomorphs are herbivores while rodents are omnivores. Lagomorphs typically have short tails, and rodents have long tails.

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Netherland Dwarf Rabbit

The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit is a miniature domestic rabbit that originated from the Netherlands. It is one of the smallest rabbit breeds as they have a short, well-rounded, and compact body. The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit has different fur colors.

It has a popularity for being a show rabbit. These do not often make good pets as they do not like to be picked up or held tightly. The Netherland Dwarf diet consists of pellets, veggies, and hay. Their digestive system is more sensitive than other breeds. They are high-energy and can be stubborn.

Netherland Dwarf Rabbits have a shoulder height of 5”-6” (12.7-15.2 cm), body length between 7.5”-9” (19-23 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 2-2.5 lb (.9-1.1 kg). The ears of a Netherland Dwarf Rabbit are 2”-2.5” (5-6.4 cm) in length. The typical lifespan of a Netherland Dwarf Rabbit is 7-12 years when raised in captivity.

Dimensioned collection of scaled drawings of Netherland Dwarf Rabbit in various poses
The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit is a miniature domestic rabbit that originated from the Netherlands. It is one of the smallest rabbit breeds as they have a short, well-rounded, and compact body. The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit has different fur colors.

Netherland Dwarf Rabbits have a shoulder height of 5”-6” (12.7-15.2 cm), body length between 7.5”-9” (19-23 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 2-2.5 lb (.9-1.1 kg). The ears of a Netherland Dwarf Rabbit are 2”-2.5” (5-6.4 cm) in length. The typical lifespan of a Netherland Dwarf Rabbit is 7-12 years when raised in captivity.

Dimensioned collection of scaled drawings of Netherland Dwarf Rabbit in various poses
Netherland Dwarf Rabbit
Height:
5”-6” | 12.7-15.2 cm
Width:
Length:
7.5”-9” | 19-23 cm
Depth:
Weight:
2-2.5 lb | .9-1.1 kg
Area:
Ear Length
2”-2.5” | 5-6.4 cm
Scientific Name
Lifespan
7-12 years (captivity)

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Netherland Dwarf Rabbit side elevation (standing), front (standing)

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Ili Pika

The Ili Pika (Ochotona iliensis) is a species of pika that is often described as a mix between a teddy bear and an Ewok. They are nicknamed the magic bunny. Ili Pikas are a species of pika native to northwest China and was first observed in 1983 by Li Weidong.

Currently its population is declining and considered to be endangered. There are less than 1,000 ili pikas left. The Ili Pika diet consists of grasses, herbs, and other mountain plants. The reason they are going extinct is related to disease, increased human activity, and climate change.

Ili Pikas have a shoulder height of 4.5”-5” (11.4-12.7 cm), body length between 7”-9” (18-23 cm), and an overall weight in the range of .3-.6 lb (150-250 g). The ears of an Ili Pika are 1.5”-2” (3.8-5 cm) in length. The typical lifespan of an Ili Pika is 3-4 years in the wild and up to 7 years in captivity.

Collection of scaled drawings of Ili Pika in various poses
The Ili Pika (Ochotona iliensis) is a species of pika that is often described as a mix between a teddy bear and an Ewok. They are nicknamed the magic bunny. Ili Pikas are a species of pika native to northwest China and was first observed in 1983 by Li Weidong.

Ili Pikas have a shoulder height of 4.5”-5” (11.4-12.7 cm), body length between 7”-9” (18-23 cm), and an overall weight in the range of .3-.6 lb (150-250 g). The ears of an Ili Pika are 1.5”-2” (3.8-5 cm) in length. The typical lifespan of an Ili Pika is 3-4 years in the wild and up to 7 years in captivity.

Collection of scaled drawings of Ili Pika in various poses
Ili Pika
Height:
4.5”-5” | 11.4-12.7 cm
Width:
Length:
7”-9” | 18-23 cm
Depth:
Weight:
.3-.6 lb | 150-250 g
Area:
Ear Length
1.5”-2” | 3.8-5 cm
Scientific Name
Ochotona iliensis
Lifespan
3-4 years (wild); up to 7 years (captivity)

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Ili Pika side elevation (standing), front (standing)

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Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

The Eastern Cottontail Rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus) is a member of the Leporidae family and has a chunky appearance with a red-brown or gray-brown fur coloring. It is the most common rabbit species in North America and can be found in the United States, southern Canada, eastern Mexico, central America, and northern most South America.

They are a territorial animal and run in a zigzag pattern when being chased. The Eastern Cottontail diet consists of bark, twigs, leaves, fruits, buds, flowers, grass seeds, sedge fruits, and rush seeds.

Eastern Cottontail Rabbits have a shoulder height of 7”-9” (17.8-22.9 cm), body length between 15”-18” (38-45.7 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 2-4.5 lb (.9-2 kg). The ears of an Eastern Cottontail Rabbit are 2.5”-3.5” (6.4-8.9 cm) in length. The typical lifespan of an Eastern Cottontail Rabbit is 2-3 years in the wild and up to 7-9 years in captivity.

Series of dimensioned elevation illustrations of the Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
The Eastern Cottontail Rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus) is a member of the Leporidae family and has a chunky appearance with a red-brown or gray-brown fur coloring. It is the most common rabbit species in North America. Eastern Cottontails run in a zig-zag pattern when chased.

Eastern Cottontail Rabbits have a shoulder height of 7”-9” (17.8-22.9 cm), body length between 15”-18” (38-45.7 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 2-4.5 lb (.9-2 kg). The ears of an Eastern Cottontail Rabbit are 2.5”-3.5” (6.4-8.9 cm) in length. The typical lifespan of an Eastern Cottontail Rabbit is 2-3 years in the wild and up to 7-9 years in captivity.

Series of dimensioned elevation illustrations of the Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
Height:
7”-9” | 17.8-22.9 cm
Width:
Length:
15”-18” | 38-45.7 cm
Depth:
Weight:
2-4.5 lb | .9-2 kg
Area:
Ear Length
2.5”-3.5” | 6.4-8.9 cm
Scientific Name
Sylvilagus floridanus
Lifespan
2-3 years (wild); up to 7-9 years (captivity)

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Eastern Cottontail Rabbit side elevation (standing), side (crouching), front (standing), back (sitting), side (sitting)

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Lionhead Rabbit

The Lionhead Rabbit has a lion-like mane with an upright body type and short ears. They are considered to be a fancy breed. Lionhead rabbits were first bred in Belgium and later became popular in the United States in 1990s.

Lionhead Rabbits have a lot of hair that should be brushed at least once a week. They grow a thicker coat in the winter and shed during the spring. Some have a single mane and others have a double mane. They are generally well-mannered, friendly and easy to train. Their diet mainly consists of hay.

Lionhead Rabbits have a shoulder height of 5”-6.5” (12.7-16.5 cm), body length between 8”-10” (20.3-25.4 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 2.5-3.5 lb (1.1-1.6 kg). The ears of a Lionhead Rabbit are 2”-3” (5-7.6 cm) in length. The typical lifespan of a Lionhead Rabbit is 7-9 years in captivity.

Series of dimensioned side elevation illustrations of the Lionhead Rabbit
The Lionhead Rabbit has a lion-like mane with an upright body type and short ears. They are considered to be a fancy breed. Lionhead rabbits were first bred in Belgium and later became popular in the United States in 1990s.

Lionhead Rabbits have a shoulder height of 5”-6.5” (12.7-16.5 cm), body length between 8”-10” (20.3-25.4 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 2.5-3.5 lb (1.1-1.6 kg). The ears of a Lionhead Rabbit are 2”-3” (5-7.6 cm) in length. The typical lifespan of a Lionhead Rabbit is 7-9 years in captivity.

Series of dimensioned side elevation illustrations of the Lionhead Rabbit
Lionhead Rabbit
Height:
5”-6.5” | 12.7-16.5 cm
Width:
Length:
8”-10” | 20.3-25.4 cm
Depth:
Weight:
2.5-3.5 lb | 1.1-1.6 kg
Area:
Ear Length
2”-3” | 5-7.6 cm
Scientific Name
Lifespan
7-9 years (captivity)

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Lionhead Rabbit side elevation (standing), front (standing)

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American Pika

The American Pika (Ochotona princeps) has a small, round body, rounded ears, short legs, and no tail. They are a species of pika that generally lives in the western Northern America typically in the boulder fields or at above the tree line. The American Pika is herbivorous and their diet includes grasses, sedges, thistles, and fireweed.

Pikas can meet their water demands from their food alone, but they do drink water if it is available. Pikas do not hibernate, are diurnal, and typically breed twice a year.

American Pikas have a shoulder height of 4.25”-4.75” (10.8-12 cm), body length between 6”-9” (15-23 cm), and an overall weight in the range of .25-.45 lb (125-200 g). The ears of an American Pika are 1.5”-2” (3.8-5 cm) in length. The typical lifespan of an American Pika is 3-4 years in the wild and up to 7 years when raised in captivity.

Set of dimensioned side elevation drawings of the American Pika
The American Pika (Ochotona princeps) has a small, round body, rounded ears, short legs, and no tail. They are a species of pika that generally lives in the western Northern America typically in the boulder fields or at above the tree line.

American Pikas have a shoulder height of 4.25”-4.75” (10.8-12 cm), body length between 6”-9” (15-23 cm), and an overall weight in the range of .25-.45 lb (125-200 g). The ears of an American Pika are 1.5”-2” (3.8-5 cm) in length. The typical lifespan of an American Pika is 3-4 years in the wild and up to 7 years when raised in captivity.

Set of dimensioned side elevation drawings of the American Pika
American Pika
Height:
4.25”-4.75” | 10.8-12 cm
Width:
Length:
6”-9” | 15-23 cm
Depth:
Weight:
.25-.45 lb | 125-200 g
Area:
Ear Length
1.5”-2” | 3.8-5 cm
Scientific Name
Ochotona princeps
Lifespan
3-4 years (wild); up to 7 years (captivity)

Drawings include:

American Pika side elevation (standing), front (standing), back (standing)

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