Cotton Tail Rabbits

Sylvilagus floridanus


I live in a quaint meadow, but I used to live around a farm. I am very flexible, so really I can live anywhere. Unfortunately a major factor for my home is where my enemy lives. I HATE: dogs, foxes, and raccoons. All of those ugly animals are the bane of my existence.

My Nutritional Diet

In the summer I often eat various grasses, herbs, and peas. My favorite is blue grass, but sometimes I eat some wild rye. On certain occasions I eat lettuce if it is readily available to me. In the wInter I like eating twigs and buds even though they are a little coarse.


I have an immune system like humans; I have an innate and adaptive immune system. I also have a central and peripheral nervous system. I am usually friendly, but I can be harmful to humans if I am infected with the common disease, Tularemia. Tularemia is an infectious disease that can be passed on from eating me raw. My advice- don't eat me.

There are also ear mites, ketosis, conjunctivitis, hepatic coccidiosis, and calicivirus disease. There are tons of other diseases as well that effect domestic and wild cottontails.



Adults usually thump on the ground in order to alert the other rabbits of danger.

Males and Females chase one another before mating and often males, in order to assert dominance, stand on their hind legs. Females gather their young by grunting and when the young are lost to signal their mom they have a high pitched squeal.

FOOD BREAKDOW- I am a mean plant eating machine

I eat a variety of macromolecules including: lipids, proteins, and carbohydrates. I eat in order to ensure I have a sufficient amount of energy to properly reproduce and hop around. Photosynthesis is important in my life because I am a mammal and need oxygen to survive. I also help plants with their process because I release carbon dioxide which plants take in and convert to sugar and oxygen.


I reproduce in the middle of may and my reproduction system is usually done by the end of the summer. My pregnancy term is roughly 30 days and I can have 4 to 8 bunnies.

In order to initiate the reproductive process males and females chase one another frequently switching roles. Males also scent mark by urinating on or by the female rabbit of their choosing.



I get a little chunky during the winter months because I tend to eat more in an attempt to stay warm. One of the many reasons I am better than humans is I have a thermoneutral zone that can withstand much colder temperatures than humans. I do not have to hibernate in the winter I just have to find different foods to consume.

It does get a little rough in the hot summer months because unfortunately I am unable to sweat. In order to keep cool I pant, but most times that does not work very well. I also cut back on food intake just to endure I am not exerting any extra energy.


My long ears act as a form of thermoregulation and it also allows me to hear predators from a far to properly hide or freeze.

My soft feet allow me to prance from place to place and survive in most terrains including but not limited to: snow, grass, and sand. The pads on my feet help soften the jump each time I hop at fast rates.

My adorable cotton tail allows me to hide from predators in a multitude of areas and not get stuck anywhere. My tail does not extend making it hard for predators to latch on and attack.

I have exceptional sight. Part of that is due to the placement of my eyes- on both sides of my head. This allows me to see predators coming from nearly all directions.

I have pretty strong legs if I do say so myself. I am constantly hoping around very quickly to escape my predators. My muscular hind legs allow me to hop quickly and efficiently.


My lifespan averages eight years. As sad as it is, I am about to hop over the hill.

I am a herbivore, so my diet is rather plain.

I am sitting at a healthy weight of 28 oz ( I work out).

I love Liberty North, although I am not too sure I am fond of that mascot. I do believe it should be "GO COTTONTAIL RABBITS", but maybe one day I will finally be the mascot of the coolest school in town.

Class: Mammalia

Order: Lagamorpha

Family: Leporidae – hares, rabbits

Genus: Sylvilagus – There are approximately ten cottontail species (LABVET)


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