Fun Annamite Striped Rabbit Facts For Kids

Martha Martins
Oct 24, 2022 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on Aug 06, 2021
Edited by Katherine Cook
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Read these Annamite striped rabbit facts to learn and know more about this rabbit.

The Annamite striped rabbit (Nesolagus timminsi) belongs to the family Leporidae. This rabbit is found in a range in Southeast Asia along the border of Vietnam and Laos, and in the northern or central regions of the Annamite mountain range.

They are found in conservation areas or regions of Pu Mat Nature Reserve and Phong-Na-Ke Bang National Park. Not much is known about the ecology and conservation of these rabbits.

The habitat of these rabbits is mainly rainforests. The exact elevation range inhabited by these rabbits is not known, but it is believed that these rabbits might have inhabited similar elevations and forests as their sister species.

Not a lot of information is available about the breeding of this animal. This animal is known to have gray hair and around seven black or dark brownish-colored dorsal stripes on the head and body.

These rabbits have a red rump. This animal is known to have short ears, limbs, and tails.

The particular diet of these animals is not known, but all similar species are herbivores and are known to eat plants. These animals are nocturnal creatures and being nocturnal, they rest in burrows made by other animals during the day and eat during the night.

Local residents of Laos and Vietnam use these animals for food and income and are killed by ground snares. Hunting is one of the reasons for their Endangered status. Hunting and trapping are their major threats. These animals were discovered in a market in Bak Laos. This animal is related to the Sumatran striped rabbit.

It is quite fascinating to learn about the Annamite striped rabbit (Nesolagus timminsi) and if you are interested, read about the marsupial mole and Virginia opossum too.

Annamite Striped Rabbit Interesting Facts

What type of animal is an Annamite striped rabbit?

The Annamite striped rabbit (Nesolagus timminsi) is a type of rabbit.

What class of animal does an Annamite striped rabbit belong to?

This rabbit belongs to the class of Mammalia.

How many Annamite striped rabbits are there in the world?

There is no exact count of the global population of this rabbit that has been recorded so far.

Where does an Annamite striped rabbit live?

The population of this striped rabbit is distributed in Southeast Asia along the border of Laos and Vietnam, and in the northern or central regions of the Annamite mountains. They are found in conservation regions of Pu Mat Nature Reserve and Phong-Na-Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam.

What is an Annamite striped rabbit's habitat?

Annamite striped rabbits are known to inhabit rainforests in tropical and temperate ecology. The exact elevation range inhabited by these rabbits is not known. It is believed that these rabbits might have inhabited similar elevations and forests as its sister species, the Sumatran striped rabbit (Nesolagus netscheri) at 1969-4593 ft (600-1400 m) above sea level.

Who do Annamite striped rabbits live with?

Not much is known about whether these striped rabbits live alone or in groups.

How long does an Annamite striped rabbit live?

The lifespan of this striped rabbit is unknown currently.

How do they reproduce?

Not a lot of information is currently available about the reproduction of these rare Annamite striped rabbits.

What is their conservation status?

Annamite striped rabbits are known to be placed under the Endangered category of conservation status.

Annamite Striped Rabbit Fun Facts

What do Annamite striped rabbits look like?

The physical features of this rare animal make it an interesting species. These striped rabbits are known to have gray hair and around seven black or dark brown colored dorsal stripes on the head and body. These rabbits have a red rump which could be dark reddish-brown.

This species is known to have short ears, limbs, and tails. The dental structure of this species is known to be primitive. Annamite striped rabbits are known to look quite similar to their sister species, the Sumantran striped rabbit.

The color and stripes of this rabbit are some of its recognizable features.

* Please note that this is an image of a common rabbit, not an Annamite striped rabbit. If you have an image of an Annamite striped rabbit, please let us know at hello@kidadl.com.

How cute are they?

These rabbits are considered cute by people because of their size and furry body.

How do they communicate?

Not a lot of information is available about the communication methods of these rabbits, but it is believed that these rabbits use tactile or chemical cues to communicate with each other.

How big is an Annamite striped rabbit?

The length of this rabbit species ranges from 13.7-15.7 in (35-40 cm) and is similarly sized or slightly smaller than a European rabbit.

How fast can an Annamite striped rabbit run?

The exact speed of this species of rabbits is unknown.

How much does an Annamite striped rabbit weigh?

The weight of this rabbit species is unknown.

What are the male and female names of the species?

There are no specific names for males and females of this species.

What would you call a baby Annamite striped rabbit?

In general, babies of rabbits are referred to as kits or kittens.

What do they eat?

The exact diet of this striped rabbit is unknown, but its sister species, the Sumatran striped rabbit (Nesolagus netscheri) is are known to feed on plants of the forest understory. This striped rabbit is known to use the process of hindgut fermentation for metabolizing food.

They are also known to reingest their soft feces to take in the remaining nutrients.

Are they dangerous?

The Annamite striped rabbit is not considered dangerous.

Would they make a good pet?

Rabbits in general are common as pets. The Annamite striped rabbit also makes for a manageable and good pet.

However, this animals is an Endangered species, and so it should be allowed to live freely in its wild habitat. Caring for an Annamite striped rabbit is similar to other pet rabbits as they require a spacious cage and regular grooming.

If you find an Annamite striped rabbit for sale, it will probably be very expensive due to its Endangered status.

Did you know...

Striped rabbits are known to be discovered for the first time in Bak Lak in Laos in a market in 1996 by a biologist named Rob Timmins and were described and became known in 2000 by researchers and scientists.

Its close relative, Sumatran striped rabbits (Nesolagus netscheri), is known to have a 1000 gap, and their molecular analysis states that these two diverge from a common ancestor nearly 8 million years ago.

The predators of Annamite striped rabbits (Nesolagus timminsi) are unknown, but they are known to be trapped by hunters in the Annamite mountain range. The dogs that tag along with these hunters are known to be killed by snares in the ground.

Researchers and scientists believe that Annamite mountain local residents in Vietnam and Laos use these rabbits as food and an income source.

These are nocturnal animals and are known to rest throughout the day in the burrows made by other animals and come out to feed during the night.

Rabbits are found all around the world, including in Asia.

Due to their short limbs and comparatively weak claws, these rabbits are poor burrowers and runners.

How did Annamite striped rabbits get their name?

Annamite striped rabbits are known to get their name because of the Annamite Mountains they are found in. Their binomial or scientific name is named after the biologist Robert Timmins who first discovered this species at a market in Laos.

How do you identify an Annamite striped rabbit?

As the name suggests, this striped rabbit can be identified by its stripes and red rump.  

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals from our nutria facts and Syrian hamster facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable annamite striped rabbit coloring pages.

*Please note that the main image is of a common rabbit, not an Annamite striped rabbit. If you have an image of an Annamite striped rabbit, please let us know at hello@kidadl.com.

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Written by Martha Martins

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

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Martha MartinsBachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

Martha is a full-time creative writer, content strategist, and aspiring screenwriter who communicates complex thoughts and ideas effectively. She has completed her Bachelor's in Linguistics from Nasarawa State University. As an enthusiast of public relations and communication, Martha is well-prepared to substantially impact your organization as your next content writer and strategist. Her dedication to her craft and commitment to delivering high-quality work enables her to create compelling content that resonates with audiences.

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