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Marsh Rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris)
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MARSH RABBIT FACTSDescription
Marsh rabbits are semi-aquatic and good swimmers, and they sometimes hide in water to avoid danger. The fur is dark brown fur above with cinnamon color on back of the neck; the underside is white. The ears are broad and short. The tail is gray with dark underside. Female March Rabbits are larger than males.
Length: 35cm - 45c,. Weight: 1kg - 2kg.
swamps, lake margins, coastal waterways
herbaceous plants, bark, leaves
The female builds a nest lined with hair. A litter of 3 - 8 (usually 5) is born after gestation period of about 28 days. The young are naked and blind at birth and are weaned after about 16 days.
south east United States from Virginia to southwest Florida.
Marsh Rabbits are hunted for sport and food
Relatives in same Genus
Swamp Rabbit (S. aquaticus)
Desert Cottontail (S. audubonii)
Brush Rabbit (S. bachmani)
Eastern Cottontail (S. floridanus)
Mountain Cottontail (S. nuttallii)
Appalachian Cottontail (S. obscurus)
New England Cottontail (S. transitionalis)