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Do rabbits have long ears in order to hear very well and at long distances?

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December 04, 2010 5:16AM

No, a common misconception. Look up a picture of an "enlgish

lop" sometime. Very very long ears (22 inch span). This breed in

particular originated in Africa. The ears on any rabbit are to

release heat. They are like a built in AC. With so much surface

area, the heat given off allows long eared breeds to survive in

hotter climates better.

Dwarf rabbits, who's ears are the smallest, are that way to

conserve heat. With less surface area the ears don't give off as

much heat and allow the rabbit to survive better in colder


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