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Desert Cottontail Sylvilagus audubonii


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Desert Cottontail
credit: Howcheng/CCSA

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Family: Leporidae, Hares and Rabbits view all from this family

Description Large ears are pointed and sparsely haired. Slender feet lack dense hair of other Sylvilagus. Large legs. Whiskers are generally black. Large tail is dark above and white below.

Dimensions 372-397mm, 45-60mm, 755-1250g

Habitat Deserts, Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Grasslands & prairies

Range Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Texas, California

Discussion Occurs in desert brush, near willows along rivers, or in pinyon-juniper woodlands with shrub cover.