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Eastern Cottontails 2012

Eastern cottontail Sylvilagus floridanus

Cottontails eat plants. They love clover and sedges and grasses. In the winter they eat buds, stems and the tips of plants growing within reach. They will also eat the bark of some trees. Interestingly, they do not drink water; rather, they get the water they need from plants.

This cottontail was spotted in June of 2012

photos Hester Burch

This picture was taken in April 2012.

Students that spend the night here are more likely to see these rabbits because they are most active at dawn and dusk.


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