Desert cottontail - quite the athlete

Desert cottontailThe Desert cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii) is found mainly in arid regions, giving it the common name desert cottontail. This species is somewhat less productive than are others in the genus; desert cottontails produce only about 5 litters per year. Once startled, it may freeze, or run to hide. The Desert cottontail has more athletic ability than the others in its genus, Sylvilagus, having the ability to swim and to climb trees and brush piles.

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The Audubon's cottontail, desert cottontail is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Mexico and United States
Some facts about the
Audubon's cottontail rabbit

Adult weight : 0.9 kg (1.98 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 8 years

Female maturity :164 days

Male maturity : 107 days

Gestation : 29 days

Weaning : 28 days

Litter size : 3

Litters per year : 5

Weight at birth : 0.035 kg (0.077 lbs)

Basal metabolic rate : 3 W

Body mass : 0.687 kg (1.5114 lbs)

Temperature : 37.85 °C (100.13 °F)

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