How Fast Can A Rabbit Run?

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There are many species of rabbits all over the world and each has its top speed separate from the other, but how fast can a rabbit run? A rabbit can run anywhere between 18 to 45 mph depending on the breed. According to the American Rabbit Breeders Association, only 48 breeds of rabbits are recognized and the speed is also different for each breed.  

Rabbits have strong and powerful legs that make them run fast and leap high into the air. But besides these two functions, rabbits use their legs as a defense mechanism and also to communicate. As a self-defense maneuver, the rabbit will give a kick when it feels threatened by a predator. It is a warning kick that makes the predator stay away.  

Also, the rabbit uses its hind legs to thump hard on the ground as a warning to other rabbits if a predator is near. Sometimes domestic rabbits exhibit these qualities even when they know it is near impossible that they will be eaten by another animal. 

How Fast are Rabbits When Running Uphill? 

An average speed would still range between 18 to 45 mph. Rabbits have large hind legs that allow them to reach top speeds when running uphill just as they run on flat ground. There is no standard measure of a rabbit running uphill therefore no true way to measure the speed. Compared to most animals that have a difficult time running uphill than down the rabbit is comfortable on any terrain.

Because of the rabbit’s unique anatomy, it has a high advantage when running fast uphill. The hind legs are longer and this helps with both hares and rabbits to leap easily uphill and on inclines.  Some researchers suggest that there is a possibility that rabbits are faster uphill than downhill but there is no way to test this theory yet. As defensive maneuver rabbits always tend to run uphill if they want a chance to evade a faster pursuant and make it to safety.  

How Long Can A Rabbit Run at A Fast Pace?

It is unknown how long a rabbit can maintain its pace as they do not use it for marathon running but evasive top burst speeds and maneuvers. We have already established that rabbits have strong muscles that are both impressive and designed to make them fast. A rabbit’s muscles are considered to be more powerful than that of a cheetah and that is in comparison to the fastest animal on land. 

Therefore, rabbits can also hop or leap higher into the air and cover great distances as well with a single hop. Rabbits are hyped as pacey because they use the fast-twitch muscle fiber. Rabbits also use muscles that take energy from either oxygen or glucose. These are glycolytic fibers, which derive their energy glucose or sugar, hence they can burn energy much faster than oxidative fibers. 

The fast-twitch glycolytic fibers also allow rabbits to accelerate quickly and reach greater speeds at a shorter time covering a great distance as well. 

How are Rabbits Able to Run Fast?

Despite the small size of rabbits, not so many animals in the wild can match its speed as they have powerful hind legs. Rabbit also has muscles that have evolved to enable them to sprint fast. Rabbits are able to run fast because of their long feet and strong backs. 

Other species like the bunny are known for their hopping as they leap forward by pushing off from both powerful hind legs at the same time. Sometimes bunnies can jump as high as four feet and a distance of around ten feet with a single hop

Rabbits Have the Best Locomotion

There are two kinds of locomotion in animals. Some that plant the soles of their feet in the ground and others that move by only using the toes. 

Plantigrade Locomotion

Applies when an animal moves with its soles touching the ground, much the same as humans.

Digitigrade Locomotion

It is the movement of animals with only the toes touching the grounds.

Of the two movements, the digitigrade locomotion is the one considered stealthier and faster as compared to the plantigrade locomotion. It is no surprise that rabbits are digitigrades as this allows rabbits to be highly efficient moving around. </