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Cottontail

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Specification

Variations
  • Eastern Cottontail ( Sylvilagus floridanus)- the most common of the Cottontail species.
  • Appalachian Cottontail ( Sylvilagus obscurus).
  • Brush Cottontail ( Sylvilagus bachmani).
  • Desert Cottontail ( Sylvilagus audubonii).
  • Dice's Cottontail ( Sylvilagus dicei).
  • Manzano Mountail Cottontail ( Sylvilagus cognatus).
  • Marsh Cottontail ( Sylvilagus palustris).
  • Mexican Cottontail ( Sylvilagus cunicularius).
  • Mountain Cottontail ( Sylvilagus nuttallii).
  • New England Cottontail ( Sylvilagus transitionalis).
  • Omilteme Cottontail ( Sylvilagus insonus).
  • Robust Cottontail ( Sylvilagus robustus).
  • Swamp Cottontail ( Sylvilagus aquaticus).
  • Tapeti Cottontail ( Sylvilagus brasiliensis).
  • Tres Marias Cottontail ( Sylvilagus graysoni).
  • Venezuelan Lowland Cottontail ( Sylvilagus varynaensis).

General information

  • Originated in America.
  • Predominant in the USA.
  • They thrive in large areas of shrubs, grasses etc.
  • The doe typically has 2-3 litters each season with 3-8 rabbits per litter.
  • Very active in late morning and early evening, spending most of the day in holes or in undergrowth.
  • Cottontails moult twice a year.
  • On average they live up to 3 years in the wild but up to 10 years in captivity.

Biological data

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Disease common to different rabbit types

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • British Rabbit Council & Pet Plan (1999)The Rabbit List.(For a free copy, send an A5 SAE to The Rabbit List, Pet Plan Ltd, Computer House, Great West Road Brentford, Middlesex TW8 9DX, UK.)
  • Sandford J C (1996)The Domestic Rabbit.5th Edn: Blackwell Sciences. pp 27-28. ISBN 0 632 03894 2.
  • Okerman L (1994)diseases of Domestic Rabbits.2nd Edn: Blackwell Sciences. pp 140-141. ISBN 0 632 03804 7.
  • Brown M (1982)Exhibition and Pet Rabbits.2nd Edn: Triplegate Ltd. pp 63-66. ISBN 0 862 30050 9.

Websites

Organizations

  • American Rabbit Breeders Association, PO Box 426, Bloomington, IL 61702, USA. Tel: +1 309 664 7500; Fax: +1 309 664 0941; Email:arbapost@aol.com; Website:http://www.arba.net.
  • The Rabbit Welfare Association, PO Box 603, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 5WL, UK.  Tel: +44 (0)1403 267658; Website:http://www.houserabbit.co.uk.
  • British Rabbit Council, Purefoy House, 7 Kirkgate, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 1AD, UK.  Tel: +44 (0)1636 676042; Website:http://www.thebrc.org.
  • House Rabbit Society, 1524 Benton Street, Alameda, CA 94501, USA. Website:http://www.rabbit.org.


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