Desert Cottontail Rabbit: Sylvilagus audubonii
Distribution and Habitat
Desert Cottontails are found throughout much of southwestern North America, from Montana down to central Mexico and west to the Pacific coast.
Desert Cottontails inhabit arid regions, including woodlands and grasslands.
Desert Cottontails are a medium-sized rabbit, weighing only a couple of ounces, with females being larger than males. They have relatively long ears and all have bushy white “cotton” tails. Their coloring ranges from buff-brown and black on top (dorsal) and white below (ventral). Like all rabbits, they are quick on their feet.
Desert Cottontails can run 15 miles per hour.
Unlike other cottontails, they have been known to climb sloping trees and thick brambles.
Desert Cottontail females are larger than the males and are sexually mature by 3 months of age!