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New England Cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis)
Juvenile New England cottontail
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NEW ENGLAND COTTONTAIL FACTSDescription
The New England Cottontail is very similar to the Eastern Cottontail, and it is very difficult to tell them apart by looking at them. The fur is gray brown above with white underside and white tail. The New England Cottontail is vulnerable and conservation measures are being taken to protect it. Hunting has been restricted in some areas to protect the remaining population.
Length: 40cm - 43cm. Weight: 0.9kg - 1.3kg
young forests with thick, tangled vegetation. Reduced extent of suitable thicket habitat is the main reason for the decline in numbers and range of New England cottontails.
grasses, clover, herbaceous plants, and twigs when food is scarce
A litter of 3 - 8 is born after gestation period of about 28 days. The young are naked and blind at birth and are weaned after about 16 days.
areas of New England from southern Maine to southern New York
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "vulnerable".
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)
Marsh Rabbit (S. palustris)