Leporidae: Sylvilagus audubonii

Leporidae: Sylvilagus audubonii

Desert Rabbit - Sylvilagus audubonii

Class: Mammals
Order: Lagomorfi
Family: Leporidae
Genus: Sylvilagus
Species: S. audubonii

Weight: up to 1.5 kg
Area of ​​origin: United States

The cottontail or desert rabbit, also known as Audubon Cottontail, is native to North America.
Widespread in a vast area ranging from Montana, Texas, Mexico to Nevada, California and Baja California.
It also lives at altitudes of 2000 meters above sea level.
It is often associated with desert areas in the United States but can also be found in less arid habitats such as pynion and juniper forests.
Very similar to the European rabbit but with bigger ears that it always keeps erect.
He has less social habits and spends very little time in the den.
It is not very active in the middle of the day but is often seen in the morning and at sunset.
It feeds mainly on herbs and drinks very little given the ability to absorb liquids through the food it eats.
If chased, he can run at speeds of 30 km / h. He defends himself against small predators by kicking.
The young come to light in narrow dens made of dry grass and covered with fur or directly on the ground.
They don't leave the nest for three weeks.
Gestation lasts 26/27 days.
These cottontails are tolerant of other nearby individuals.
They are grayish brown in color with belly and under white tail.
They are between 33 and 43 cm long. They weigh up to 1.5 kg.
The ears are 8 to 10 cm long.
The very large and long tail about 7 cm. The hind legs about 7.5 cm.
The eyes are large and bulging.
Females are slightly larger than males.

curated by Roberto Corridoni

Desert Rabbit - Sylvilagus audubonii (photo http://animal.memozee.com)

Desert Rabbit - Sylvilagus audubonii (photo Howcheng)

The Dwarf Rabbit - Website necklace
Cristiano Papeschi - The Sextante
All aspects related to his presence at home, from hospitalization to feeding, from coexistence with other animals to daily care, from reproduction to his health are treated in a clear and friendly way.
Buy online

Video: Desert Cottontail Sylvilagus audubonii