About the Desert Cottontail
DescriptionHabitatBehaviorThreats & StatusFun Fact
The desert cottontail is a rabbit native to the United States. The cottontail rabbit is similar to the European rabbit but has larger ears. The tail is a grayish-brown color with a white underside.
The desert cottontail species is native throughout the Western United States. It prefers grasslands in desert areas in the Southwest part of the U.S. but can also use forests containing pinyon and juniper trees as its habitat.
The average lifespan of a cottontail is around 2 years. Cottontails are born in burrows and forage early in the mornings and in the early evenings. Their diet consists of plants and grass but rarely needs to drink, getting its water from the plants it eats.
Since 1996, desert cottontails is of least concern by the IUCN.
Desert cottontails are known to have swim and climb trees when their prey is chasing them.
Read more about other California species here.