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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Lagomorpha
Family:Leporidae
Genus:Sylvilagus
Genus species:Sylvilagus floridanus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:38-46 cm
Weight:1 kg
Identification:The Eastern cottontail rabbit has deep buff upper parts, and its fur is heavily lined with black making it appear rusty brown. The rabbit's undersides are white.
Habitat:Brushlands, pastures, field edges
Diet:Herbivore: grasses and forbs, twigs, bark; varies by season
Reproduction:Eastern cottontail rabbits, like most lagomorphs, are prolific breeders. The mating season is stimulated by environmental conditions (temperature, rainfall, etc.). They gestate for 26-28 days. The litters contain 1-8 young, and a female can have up to five litters per year. Baby rabbits reach adult size at four months of age.
Eastern cottontail rabbits are not overly sociable and usually feed alone.
Behavior:The Eastern cottontail rabbit is most active at dusk and dawn.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Predators of the Eastern cottontail rabbit include hawks, barn owls, opossums, coyotes, foxes, and weasels.

Other Information

Geographic:Central North America
Southern North America
Northern South America
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:lagomorph
Eastern cottontail rabbit
rabbit
Sylvilagus floridanus
Cottontails
Sylvilagus
Leporidae
Lagomorpha
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata