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Swamp Rabbit (Sylvilagus aquaticus)
Photograph by Glenn E Wilson. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
Swamp Rabbit photographed at Attwater, Texas.
Photograph by Greg M. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
SWAMP RABBIT FACTSDescription
The Swamp Rabbit is the largest North American cottontail. The fur is brown on top and white underneath. The underside of the tail is white, giving it the common name of cottontail. The fur is short and ears are of medium size.
Length: 45 - 55cm. Weight: 1.6 - 2.7kg. Females and males are about the same size.
swamp and lowland forest areas close to water
marsh and swamp plants and reeds
Between 1 and 5 young (average 3) are born after a gestation period of 26 - 30 days. The young are weaned after about 21 - 28 days.
south-central United States
Relatives in same Genus
Desert Cottontail (S. audubonii)
Brush Rabbit (S. bachmani)
Eastern Cottontail (S. floridanus)
Mountain Cottontail (S. nuttallii)
Appalachian Cottontail (S. obscurus)
Marsh Rabbit (S. palustris)
New England Cottontail (S. transitionalis)