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Rabbit, Stretching and Yawning

Observed: 16th April 2012 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in MammalsSimon Walker’s reputation in MammalsSimon Walker’s reputation in Mammals
Rabbit, stretching and yawning, Sandy Lodge, 2012-04-16 001 reduced
Description:

Typical rodent teeth.

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Syrphus's picture

... though of course it is a

... though of course it is a Lagomorph, not a rodent.

M.

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Simon Walker's picture

Arghh! One Up to You!

I was going to look it up, too. All right, typical Lagomorph teeth.
My only defence is that when I was at school in the 1950s they were referred to as rodents. But I understand that, even then, they'd been reclassified. Just goes to show how long it can take for something to filter through. I suppose my teachers were taught in a time when hares and rabbits WERE classified as rodents.
It makes me wonder about the re-naming of creatures - will the Dunnock ever become a Hedge Accentor in everyone's eyes? The name Hedge Sparrow's still in use too. How confusing for beginners! :-)

Syrphus's picture

Don't worry - I am not

Don't worry - I am not counting! School teachers are the source of all sorts of biological myths - one of mine was convinced that Swifts flapped their wings alternately, and refused to change even when I and my birdy friends took him out to watch them at close range. Another hardy perennial is that willows are excellent examples of wind-pollinated plants (complete with nectar, and sometimes scented!).

Just for anyone who might drop in, the Lagomorphs (rabbits and hares as far as UK is concerned) have two pairs of front teeth, set one behind the other. Easy to see in a Rabbit skull. Rodents have just one pair of incisors.

M.

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Simon Walker's picture

TWO Pairs of of front teeth!

You wouldn't want to be bitten by them then.

The strangest bite I ever had was in the leg, by a tortoise. It really hurt.