Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

Photograph taken by on Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Eastern Cottontail (<em>Sylvilagus floridanus</em>)

Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

I’d say that there are a lot of rabbits in our neighborhood but that would be understating it by considerable. This is an eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus), one of the most common rabbit species in North America. According to AnimalDiversity.org it “has the widest distribution of any Sylvilagus. It is found from southern Manitoba and Quebec to Central and northwestern South America. In the contiguous United States, the eastern cottontail ranges from the east to the Great Plains in the west.” I came out the front door this evening with my camera just as Cathy got home. There were three rabbits in our front yard. We went for a walk and saw more. When we got home, there were not only three in the front yard but a couple in the back.

One Response to Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  1. Michelle Sutton

    Hi Henry,
    It’s been a big year for cottontails in our yard, esp. we named Emily who has been hanging around, to our sincere delight, for 6 weeks. She keeps outdoing herself eating more ambitious things, like yesterday I saw her consume a big Asiatic lily flower from my garden, first carefully snipping it from the stem, and then folding it like an umbrella into her mouth. Perhaps she likes it here because she can smell that we have 2 house bunnies and know we are bunny-friendly. On another note, are you the Henry Hartley who took pics of Idesia polycarpa that one sees on Wikipedia? We need pics of that for a magazine I edit. Could you write to me at citytreeseditor@gmail.com? Thanks! Michelle