Cottontail Rabbit

Sylvilagus floridanus

Origin: North America, Central America, South America

Lifespan: Average lifespan is about two years

Size: Adult size is 14 to 19 inches.

and weighs 2 to 34 lbs

Diet: Herbivore; grasses and herbs

Activity: Crepuscular, most active during dawn and dusk

Reproduction: Breeding season is from February to September

  • Nest is a shallow hole that is filled with fur and grasses

  • Gestation lasts 28 days. the average litter size is 3 or four young called kits

  • A female rabbit can have up to seven litters in one year

  • babies are weaned by four to five weeks

Extra Facts:

  • Rabbits have a high mortality rate, the death rate is up to 80% a year

  • Rabbits can run up to 18 mph

  • Many rabbits can reingest their poo in order to absorb more nutrients from the plant matter

  • domesticated bunnies have a very different demeanor from feral rabbits


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