DESERT COTTONTAIL – Sylvilagus audubonii


Desert cottontail facts: A larger cottontail with large ears. Head and body length of 14 to 15 inches (37 to 40 centimeters) and its weight is 26.5 to 44 ounces (750 to 1,250 grams).

Geographic range: Desert cottontails are found in North America, from Montana south to central Mexico and west through California.

Desert cottontail habitat: Desert and forest, from coastal areas to higher altitudes.

What does desert cottontail eat: Desert cottontails are herbivores, eating mainly grasses but some wood and bark.

Behavior and reproduction: The breeding season for the desert cottontail is from January to August, with multiple litters per year, and an average litter size of two to four babies. They reach sexual maturity at eighty days.

Desert cottontails and people: Hunted by humans mainly for sport.

Conservation status: The desert cottontail is not listed as threatened by the IUCN.