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What Does a Rabbit Nest Look Like?

Nicole Cosgrove

Maybe you have lots of rabbits hopping through your yard, or maybe you’re just wondering how to spot a rabbit’s nest. They can be hard to find — unless you know what you’re looking for!

That’s where we come in. We’re here to show you what a rabbit nest looks like and what you should do if you find one. That way, you can check your lawn for nests and avoid disturbing any baby bunnies. Many people think of them as country animals, but rabbits often build their nests in residential and suburban areas — possibly even in your backyard!


How Do You Recognize a Rabbit Nest?

Rabbit babies in nest
Image credit: PxHere

So what should you look for? Rabbit nests often look like patches of dead grass. If you see straw-colored patches in your grass, listen and watch for movement. You may also find leaves on top of the nest or even tell-tale traces of rabbit fur.

To build her nest, the mother rabbit digs a small hole in the ground and covers it with leaves and grass. The babies are just below that plant covering — not especially well protected from you or your lawnmower.

What Should You Do If You Find a Rabbit Nest?

If you do find a rabbit’s nest, the best thing you can do is stay away from it. Mow around the nest, tell your family members to be careful, and keep your pets away.

The biggest thing to avoid? Moving the nest. If you move the babies, you risk hurting or traumatizing them, not to mention separating them from their mother. Mother rabbits typically don’t spend much time in the nest — but that doesn’t mean they’ve abandoned their babies! They return multiple times a day to feed and tend to the young ones.


Still Have Questions?

Don’t take matters into your own hands. If you’re unsure about the health and safety of rabbits, you’ll probably want to seek professional advice.

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.