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Japan Endangered Species : The Japanese hare

Animal

The Japanese hare is an endangered animal that lives in Japan. It is endemic to Sado and is unique to Sado Island. It is a rabbit classified in the genus Hares of the Leporidae family, and its old name is Hares. It is a kind of Japanese hare and is classified into sad hare, hare hare, hare hare, and hare hare. Sado hare is a level that humans can often find anywhere on Sado Island. However, it is very unpopular with farmers because it devours crops.

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Habitat

live only on Sado Island in Japan.

Characteristic

It is a nocturnal rabbit and is rarely seen in the daytime. Most of the daytime hours are sleeping or hiding in the grass and taking a break. It is 45-54 cm long and weighs 1.3-2.5 kg. The coat color of the whole body is brown and the abdomen is white. The ear length is 5-8 cm. The hare is said to prefer grasslands and forest areas. Sado Island is a countryside with a lot of grass, so it is very suitable for habitat. Natural enemies are said to be snakes, hawks and eagles.

Ecology

The meal is grass. We eat leaves, buds, bark, fruits and nuts. It does not have a specific nest and acts alone. The breeding form is embryonic and can give birth to 1-4 heads at a time. The gestation period is about 40-47 days. In about a month, the child will be able to live on his own. The life expectancy is estimated to be about 4 years.

Endangered species

This species has been designated as an endangered species. It seems that the number of this sad hare has increased too much on Sado Island. Therefore, I increased the number of martens, which are foreign enemies, on this island, but this time the number of saddle rabbits has decreased. Therefore, it has been designated as a near-threatened species. Also, this rabbit often jumps out onto the road and may be run over by a car and die. In addition, because they eat agricultural products, they may be disliked by farmers and exterminated.

Sado Island

Sado has a lot of very interesting animals. In fact, there are many endemic animals that can only be found on Sado Island, as shown below. There are more if you include insects. It’s a very unique and interesting island.

  • Sadono rabbit
  • Sado jay
  • Shinto shrew
  • Sado mole
  • Vole
  • Japanese field mouse
  • Glandirana susur

Breeding

Since it is an endemic species limited to Sado Island, it is quite difficult for ordinary people to breed it. Please go to Sado Island in Japan.

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