How Long Do Rabbits Stay Pregnant
The gestation period for a rabbit is approximately 31 days. The following sections will help you determine whether your rabbit is pregnant, how to tell if she’s going to give birth soon, and what to do if she isn’t pregnant at all.
How Long Do Female Rabbits Stay Pregnant?
How long is a rabbit pregnant?
Rabbits can be pregnant for up to 3 months. Pregnancy in the rabbit lasts an average of 31 days, but it can last as long as 35 days in some cases. This means that if you find your female rabbit is pregnant, she could give birth after only two weeks of gestation. Rabbits also undergo parturition (the act of giving birth) every 28-35 days—a process that lasts an average of 1-2 hours each time.
How many litters a year can a female rabbit have?
A single female rabbit may have up to 6 babies per litter and 12 babies per year if there are multiple litters produced over those 9 months!
Can You Tell If a Rabbit Is Pregnant?
The signs of pregnancy in a rabbit are:
- A larger belly
- Smaller appetite and thirst
- Lethargy and less activity than usual, even though the female may appear to be more active than normal at times. This is because she is preparing for birth and can’t afford to expend energy when she won’t get many opportunities to do so.
- An elevated temperature (i.e., up to 5 degrees higher than normal), which will continue until about three days after giving birth.
In addition, you may notice that your rabbit has an enlarged udder or milk glands if the female gave birth within 24 hours of noticing these symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy in Pet Rabbits
If you’ve never owned a pet rabbit, it may be difficult to recognize the signs of pregnancy. However, there are several warning signs that mean your rabbit is expecting.
- Increased appetite and thirst: In addition to normal food and water, your rabbit may become interested in new foods or drink more than usual. Turtles and tortoises also have this tendency during their pregnancies. The increase in appetite can also manifest as an increase in chewing; rabbits will chew on wood or cardboard boxes when they’re expecting babies!
- Nesting behavior: When female mammals are pregnant, they may start nesting and digging in preparation for the birth of their young (or eggs). This includes building nests out of straws or other soft materials and arranging them neatly around the cage before laying one (or multiple) eggs inside them. Pregnant rabbits often line their nest with hay to provide better cushioning for their growing babies’ shells while they develop inside her body—the same goes for alligators!
What to Do If Your Pregnant Rabbit Has a False Pregnancy
While false pregnancies are relatively common in rabbits, it’s important to note that they can also be a symptom of a more serious medical condition. If your rabbit has been pregnant and has not gone into labor, or if she is experiencing any other potential symptoms of false pregnancy—including continued eating and weight gain or loss—you should consult a veterinarian.
If your rabbit is pregnant but you haven’t seen any sign of the litter after two weeks, there is a chance she may not have given birth yet. This can happen if the gestation period was longer than usual (more than 40 days) or if something went wrong during birth; for example, if one of her babies was stillborn or died shortly after being born (this happens more often with larger litters).
The gestation period is approximately 31 days.
If your rabbit has a false pregnancy, it’s likely that you’ll notice the signs well before she is due to give birth. The gestation period is approximately 31 days, but since rabbits can have a false pregnancy that can last from 3 to 6 weeks, you should be aware of the possibility that she may not actually be pregnant at all. False pregnancies are not dangerous to your rabbit or her litter (if there were one) and they are not something that would require medical attention by a veterinarian.
Pregnancy in rabbits is a delicate process, and it’s important to provide your rabbit with the proper care and nutrition. If you notice any unusual symptoms or behavior during this time, contact your veterinarian immediately for advice.