Why aren't rabbits green?

David Beorn dbeorn at freenet.vcu.edu
Wed Oct 23 14:26:20 EST 1996


On Wed, 16 Oct 1996, Francois Coulier wrote:

> From: Francois Coulier <coulier at infobiogen.fr>
> To: Martin Holmes <mholmes at uvaix.uvic.ca>
> Newgroups: bionet.molbio.evolution
> 
> On Tue, 15 Oct 1996, Martin Holmes wrote:
> 
> > Here's a question this group may be able to answer:
> > 
> > Given the fact that rabbits are rather defenceless prey animals that
> > spend almost all of their life outside the warren eating against a
> > green background, why haven't they evolved to be green? And why has no
> > other similar mammal evolved green skin or fur, while many insects
> > have?

Because the wolves and fox's have to eat too.  But then I believe God 
created them and made them in an INTELLIGENT way, which is evidenced by 
the detail of the design.  Chance doesn't create order - it creates 
disorder.  God made them brown to give them a fighting chance because 
even in the summer, brown is a reasonable camoflage (sp) in the shaded woods 
and better in winter, except when it snows.  Then of course you have the 
WHITE rabbits - I guess they were meant for snowy places but of course 
they have been domesticated too.  

There are still lots of things we don't know about but it sure is 
fascinating the way they were CREATED!!!  

> > Does anyone have any suggestions?
> > 
> > Cheers,
> > Martin
> > 
> I guess they also have to survive through fall and winter, when brown fur
> is probably a much better camouflage.
> 
> Francois Coulier
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