Hares, pikas, and rabbits

Hares, pikas, and rabbits

Order : Lagomorpha

  Lagomorpha The order of Lagomorpha consists of two familes: Leporidae (hares and rabbits) and Ochotonidae (pikas). The members of Lagomorpha are sometimes mistaken for rodents, but there are a lot of differences between rodents and members of Lagomorpha. From wikipedia:

- Lagomorphs (loģ o-moŕ fs)(Gr. lagos, hare: + morphē, form) differ from rodents in that:
- they have four incisors in the upper jaw (not two as in rodents);
- they will only eat vegetation (unlike rodents, who will eat meat and vegetation)
- the male's scrotum is in front of the penis;
- the penis has no bone (baculum) unlike the rodent penis; and
- they will redigest first-time droppings (called cecotropes) to obtain the most from their plant diet.

They resemble rodents, however, in that their teeth grow throughout their life, thus necessitating constant chewing to keep them from growing too long.

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Animals in the order Lagomorpha

Pygmy rabbit
Riverine rabbit
Mountain hare
Sumatran rabbit
New England cottontail
Alpine pika
Northern pika
American pika
Afghan pika
Antelope jackrabbit
Snowshoe hare
Arctic hare
Black-tailed jackrabbit
Cape hare
European hare
White-tailed jackrabbit
European rabbit
Swamp rabbit
Audubon's cottontail
Eastern cottontail

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