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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.


More Articles...

  1. Ground Hog: 2012
  2. Double-crested Cormorant rescued
  3. Little Brown Skink
  4. Common Buckeye Caterpillar
  5. Luna Moth Caterpillar: Actias luna
  6. railroad worm
  7. Garden Hose or Rat Snake?
  8. Common Snapping Turtle
  9. Leopard Gecko: Eublepharis macularius
  10. American Mink specimen
  11. Small American Bullfrog: Feb. 2012
  12. Rock Doves: April 2010
  13. Unknown Caterpillar -Cutworm Maybe: October 2011
  14. Baby Northern Water Snake April 2011
  15. Southern Leopard Frog: Oct. 2011
  16. Bull Frog: May 2011
  17. Green Tree Frog:Oct. 2011
  18. Fowlers Toad: Aug. 2011
  19. Northern Cricket Frog May 2011
  20. Eastern Mud Turtle June 2011
  21. Eastern Box Turtle May 2011
  22. The Chinese mantis September 2011
  23. The Old Man of the Woods September 2011
  24. Autumn Olive
  25. English Ivy November 2011
  26. The Periwinkle Plant (Vinca major) October 2011
  27. Eastern Ribbon Snake September 2011
  28. Diamondback Terrapin October 2011
  29. Wheel Bug (Arilus cristatus) October 2011
  30. Marbled Salamander: October 2011
  31. Rough Green Snake October 2011
  32. Atlantic Needlefish: September 2011
  33. The Eastern Box Turtle: June 2011
  34. Luna Moth Male vs. Female: May 2011
  35. Luna Moth: May 2011
  36. Green Stink Bug: May 2011
  37. Leaf Beetle Larvae: May 2011
  38. Worm Snake: May 2011
  39. Painted Turtle: May 2011
  40. Fiddler Crab: May 2011
  41. Arrow Arum: May 2011
  42. Eastern Tent Caterpillar: May 2011
  43. Shark Tooth Fossil: May 2011
  44. Northern water Snake: May 2011
  45. Female Cardinal: April 2011
  46. Ruby-Crowned Kinglet: April 2011
  47. 5-Lined Skink: April 2011
  48. Yellow Spotted Salamander Eggs: March 2011
  49. Loblolly Pine: Mach 2011
  50. Buck Moth: Feb 2011
  51. Spotted Salamander: Feb 2011
  52. Green Tree Frog: Feb 2011
  53. Male Blue Crab: Feb 2011
  54. Naked Goby: October 2010
  55. White Perch: October 2010
  56. Blood (polychaete) Worm: October 2010
  57. Bay Anchovy: October 2010
  58. Atlantic Silverside: October 2010
  59. Skilletfish: October 2010
  60. Spot: October 2010
  61. Black Drum: October 2010
  62. Blennies: September 2010
  63. Hogchoker: September 2010
  64. Mud Crab: September 2010
  65. Oyster Flatworm: September 2010
  66. Tiger Swallowtail: June 2010
  67. Diamondback Terrapin Eggs: June 2010
  68. American Toad Toadlet: May 2010
  69. Green Frog: May 2010
  70. Canada Geese: May 2010
  71. Land Snail: May 2010
  72. Red Admiral: May 2010
  73. Periwinkle Snail: May 2010
  74. Ladybug: May 2010
  75. Watersnake: May 2010
  76. Pipefish: April 2010
  77. Amphipod: April 2010
  78. Fowlers Toad: April 2010
  79. Racoon: April 2010
  80. Spring Peeper: April 2010
  81. Click Beetle: April 2010
  82. Six Spotted Tiger Beetle: April 2010
  83. Spotted Turtle: April 2010
  84. Eastern Mud Turtle: April 2010

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