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Desert Australian rabbit

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Desert Australian rabbit (Australagus lepoides).
This species living in droughty areas of a southwest part of the continent, in many respects reminds hares, especially because of the harmonous constitution and long ears. This form is adapted for extreme conditions of the desert. It has rather long legs for run on sand. Quite long ears (to 20 cm) are penetrated by a network of blood vessels; they serve for radiation of superfluous heat. Fur is short and velvety, painted in very light yellow color. Such coloring helps both to mask against a landscape, and to reflect an intensive sunlight, thus rescuing from an overheat. The unique dark stains in coloring – two specks over eyes and the outer side of ears. Design on the ear is quite simplified: there are some simple faltering strips and the extended red spotted blot. It eats mainly herbs and roots, but during a severe drought it can survive, gnawing round thin dry branches and even picking carrion.
Colonies of this species are not quite numerous, consist less, than of ten individuals.
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1200x584px 667.53 KB
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1/21 second
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10 mm
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Date Taken
Jan 2, 2012, 4:14:38 PM
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Мне нравится твой стиль.)
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Interesting. I like the camouflage. Have you also designed some predators for them?
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The predators are already describen.
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Cool picture! They look a bit like the modern jackrabbits, too.
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По телосложению они схожи с зайцем.
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Oh, my rabbits! This is so cool! :omfg:
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Yeah! But why don't you draw your rabbits by oneself?
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Well, I did some sketches... but I soon quited from it :D
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