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Eastern Cottontail  Sylvilagus floridanus

The Eastern Cottontail is the most widely distributed rabbit in the United States.  They can be found in grassy areas in the eastern and south-central parts of the United States. Their range also includes southern Canada, eastern Mexico and Central America.

They are very prolific.  In Florida, females can have up to 7 litters a year with 1-7 young per litter.  Young rabbits, also called kits, are prey for nearly every predator of small mammals, such as coyotes, foxes, and bobcats. It is estimated that fewer than 20% of the young make it through their first year.