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Distribution of Rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus, Warrens in relation to Soil Type

I Parer and JA Libke

Australian Wildlife Research 12(3) 387 - 405
Published: 1985


Rabbit warrens in a semiarid environment of New South Wales were concentrated in those areas where impact penetrometer readings indicated friable soil to a depth of at least 75 cm. Isolated warrens in areas with few warrens were found in restricted patches of favourable soil. The absence of warrens from areas with shallow soil was considered to be due to high soil temperatures. The distribution of the rabbit in Australia was examined in relation to deep soil temperatures. It was suggested that the application of bituminous coating on ripped warrens may be a useful technique for the control of rabbits in the arid zone.

© CSIRO 1985

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