Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

Eastern cottontail rabbits is a chunky, red-brown or gray-brown in appearance, with large hind feet, long ears, and short, fluffy white tails. Its underside fur is white There is a rusty patch on the tail.  They can be found in meadows and shrubby areas in the eastern and south-central United States.    


General Description
Chunky, red-brown or gray-brown in appearance with large hind feet, long ears, and short fluffy white tails
14 to 19 inches
1.8 to 4.4 pounds
red-brown or gray brown


Eastern cottontail rabbits breed according to temperature and not diet. Breeding occurs from March to September. The gestation period is between 25 to 35 days. They can have between one and seven litters of one to twelve young every year.


Eastern cottontail rabbits east vegetation including bark, twigs, leaves, fruit, buds, flowers, grass seeds, sedge fruits, and rush seeds. 


Eastern cottontail rabbits prefer an area where it can hid quickly but be out in the open and can be found in forests, swamps, thickets, bushes, or open areas where shelter is close by.

Fun Facts

Eastern cottontails have eyes that protrude a bit from their heads, giving them almost 260-degree vision. However, they have a blind spot directlyin front of them that is about 10 degrees wide.