A fully grown rabbit is about 40cm in length and may weigh 4 pounds. A male is a buck and a female a doe. It will eat over a pound of food a day, grass, wheat, barley etc. They live underground in burrows or warrens but some are happy to live above ground in thick dense vegetation that offers protection.
Rabbits are prolific breeders, 24 rabbits introduced to Australia in 1859 multiplied to 600 million in less than 100 years. A rabbit can start breeding at 3 months old and may have 5 litters a year each with 2 – 12 kits or kittens.The pests act 1954 declared every occupier of land is responsible for destroying rabbits on their land, where it is not possible to destroy them efforts must be made to prevent damage.
Control methods include; Wire rabbit proof fencing, Tree guards, Repellents, Aluminium phosphide gassing, Shooting, Ferreting, Snaring & trapping.