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 Brush Rabbit (Sylvilagus bachmani)




Brush Rabbit | Sylvilagus bachmani photo
Headquarters, William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon, USA

Photograph by Walter Siegmund. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

BRUSH RABBIT FACTS

Description
Brush Rabbits are small cottontail rabbits. The fur is brownish in appearance with individual hairs of gray, black and reddish brown. The ears are fairly small. The small tail is brown above and white underneath. These rabbits seldom stray far from brushy cover. They come out to feed after sunset and stay active until early morning.

Size
Length: 30cm - 35cm. Weight: 0.5kg - 0.9kg

Environment
forests and areas with dense brushy cover

Food
Grasses, leaves, herbaceous plants, green clover.

Breeding
Litter of 2 - 6 (usually 3-4) is born after gestation period of about 27 days. The young are about 28g at birth and are weaned after 14 - 21 days.

Range
The Brush Rabbit is found from Oregon through to Baja California

Notes
Brush Rabbits are hunted for sport and food

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Lagomorpha
Family:Leporidae
Genus:Sylvilagus
Species:bachmani
Common Name:Brush Rabbit


Relatives in same Genus
  Swamp Rabbit (S. aquaticus)
  Desert Cottontail (S. audubonii)
  Eastern Cottontail (S. floridanus)
  Mountain Cottontail (S. nuttallii)
  Appalachian Cottontail (S. obscurus)
  Marsh Rabbit (S. palustris)
  New England Cottontail (S. transitionalis)