Volcano Rabbit

Volcano Rabbit Range Map (Mexico)
Volcano Rabbit Range Map (Mexico)

Latin Name Romerolagus diazi
Conservation Status Endangered
Location Mexico
Colour Yellowish/Grey
Length 23 - 32 cms (9 - 12.5 inches)
Tail 1 - 3 cms (0.4 - 1.2 inches)
Weight 375 - 600 g (13.2 - 21.2 oz)
Life Expectancy - Yrs

Main Characteristics

Volcano Rabbits are the second smallest rabbit in the world, only the pygmy rabbit is smaller. They have a body length between 23 and 32 cms (9 - 12.5 inches), a tail length between 1 and 3 cms (0.4 - 1.2 inches) and they weigh between 375 and 600 g (13.2 - 21.2 oz).

They have short, dense fur that is yellowish-grey in colour mixed with black guard hairs. Their ears are small and rounded, and they have short legs.

Unlike other rabbits, who warn others of danger by thumbing their feet, Volcano Rabbits emit very high-pitched sounds and whistles when they are aware of danger approaching.


Volcano Rabbits can be found on the volcanic slopes in central Mexico. They have a restricted range and they are usually found in pine forests at elevations between 2,800 and 4,250 m (9,186 - 13,944 ft).

They live in groups of 2 - 5 individuals and they make burrows in the dense undergrowth of their habitat. They are mainly active at dawn and in the evenings.


Volcano Rabbits feed on zacaton grasses, herbs and the bark of alder trees. During the rainy season they will also eat corn and oats.


Volcano Rabbits breed throughout the year with a peak during the warm summer. After a gestation period of 38 - 40 days, they will give birth to 1 - 3 young.

At birth the youngsters are covered in fur but their eyes are closed. They are weaned after approximately 20 days and they reach sexual maturity at 4 months old.


Humans are the main predators of Volcano Rabbits as they are regarded as pests.


There are no subspecies of Volcano Rabbit.

Interesting Facts

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