Taysha Murtaugh, with ABC's Woman's Day, writes:
According to Google AdWords, the phrases Do bunnies lay eggs and Do rabbits lay eggs each receive between 1,000 and 10,000 average monthly searches. That's a pretty big number, which leads us to believe that people sincerely do not know.
... Allow us to clear this up: No, bunnies do not lay eggs. As placental mammals, rabbits develop embryos inside a uterus and, after a pregnancy lasting about 31 to 33 days, give birth to a litter of often 12 or more bunnies.
If you found your way to this article by searching that very question, don't feel too bad. There's probably a reason for your confusion, and that's Easter. The Christian holiday, of course, has two very famous symbols, bunnies and eggs, with the former delivering the latter.
So why is there an Easter bunny when rabbits do not lay eggs? The idea actually comes from a pagan celebration of spring, which was eventually linked to the religious holiday. According to the legend, following a long winter, the goddess of spring, Eastre, turned a frozen bird into a snow hare that could lay colorful eggs.
When it comes to religion, there’s a lot of contradictory information out there. Besides the confusion over whether bunnies lay eggs, there’s another popular myth that needs to be debunked. It's the one that suggests that all religions are essentially the same.
This is where the Easter story really helps to clear things up. The resurrection, and the hope that it provides of victory over sin and death place Christianity in a class all by itself. Only Christianity offers a resurrected, victorious Jesus who came to die for our sins. Only Christianity offers a Savior who rose again. Only Christianity offers proof positive of life beyond the grave.
Easter teaches us the uniqueness of the Christian message. So don’t lay an egg when it comes to the Easter story. Know the myth from the reality.
"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).