Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
The rabbit is one of the most common mammals across North America. They live on the edge of open grassy fields and woodlands using shrubs and thorny bushes for cover. They also dig underground burrows
Rabbits are nocturnal which means that they hide from predators during the day and forage for food during the night.
Rabbits eat a large variety of plants including clover and grasses. They do not hibernate in winter and survive eating bark, twigs and buds.
The lifespan of the Eastern Cottontail is only about 3 years. In captivity they can live to be about 8 years old.
Rabbits have their young during the warmer months. A female can have several litters in one season. The gestation period is 30 days. The babies are born helpless and totally dependent on the mother. They are born in a shallow grassed lined depression in the ground. The nest is covered with fur pulled from the mother’s chest. She spends most of her time away from the nest retuning only twice a day to care for the babies. After only three weeks they are weaned and after seven weeks they are old enough to make it on their own.