Take the quiz: rabbit or hare?

Hares and rabbits are in a group known as the ‘lagomorphs’. The taxonomic level of this group is the Order, and the Latin (which is the language used for biological naming) is Lagomorpha.

There are three species of lagomorph in Scotland: the rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus); the brown hare (Lepus europaeus); and the mountain hare (Lepus timidus).

In this activity you’ll see a number of statements about one or more of these lagomorphs. See if you can assign them to the right species. Some will apply to only one, but some might apply to two or more. Answers are available as a download at the bottom of the page – but no cheating!

Rabbit © Guy Edwardes/2020VISION
Rabbit © Guy Edwardes/2020VISION
Brown hare
Brown hare © Amy Lewis
Mountain hare © Steve Gardner


  1. Native to Scotland
  2. Introduced to Britain by the Romans
  3. Introduced to Britain by the Normans
  4. Has black tips to the ears
  5. Young are born naked and unable to see
  6. Young are born with full fur and able to see
  7. Lives in an underground burrow system, called a warren
  8. The young is called a leveret
  9. The young is called a kit
  10. Vegetarian – likes grasses, herbs, and shoots
  11. Vegetarian – likes grasses, herbs, shoots and heather
  12. Has a white coat in the winter, for camouflage
  13. Has the smallest ears
  14. Has the largest ears
  15. Has long incisor teeth and chews its food sideways
  16. Most active at dawn, dusk and night
  17. Mainly found in treeless, grassy habitats
  18. Mainly found in woodland, moorland, hills and mountains
  19. Mainly found in short grassy habitats, including gardens


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Time to complete

30 minutes

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Curriculum linked

Sciences (biology; ecology; natural history)

Languages – English (research skills; reading comprehension)

Health and Wellbeing (quiz can be attempted in teams – teamwork and relationship building)

Social Studies (links to history and culture)


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