The rabbit is a small animal found in many parts of the world. In Australia, rabbits are the single worst introduced pest. Rabbits make good pets, if they are properly looked after.
Scientific name: procyon lotor
A raccoon is a medium sized animal native to North America, although they have been spread to Europe by people. They prefer to live in forests. Raccoons like to sleep during the day and hunt at night. They eat insects, plants and small animals. A baby raccoon is called a kit.
Scientific name: trichoglossus haematodus
Rainbow lorikeets are a type of parrot found in Australia, mainly on the east coast but also in parts of South Australia and Tasmania. Rainbow lorikeets eat fruit, pollen and nectar.
A raptor is a bird of prey. Birds of prey hunt for food. Eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls are birds of prey.
Scientific name: genus: rattus
Rats are like large mice. They often live near people, scavenging food scraps in rubbish tips or stored food in houses. Rats are pests and most people try and get rid of rats if they can. Rats can also kept as pets. Pet rats tend to be white or multicoloured, and wild rats tend to be plain brown or grey.
Scientific name: subfamily: crotalinae
Rattlesnakes cause most snake bite injuries and deaths in America. They are a threatened species now because people kill so many of them. Rattlesnakes scare off predators by rattling their tails. The rattling sound is made by special scales at the end of the rattlesnake's tail.
Scientific name: corvus corax
A raven is a black bird in the same family as crows and magpies. They are one of the largest members of the crow family.
Scientific name: ailurus fulgens
The red panda is a small animal, not much larger than a cat, that eats bamboo. It is not related to the giant panda but is in fact more closely related to weasels.