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Desert Cottontail

Scientific Name: Sylvilagus audubonii
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Natural Location: Central United States

The Desert Cottontail rabbit is noted for having relatively large ears and hind legs in comparison to other rabbits of similar size. These large ears help it to dissipate the incredible amount of heat that it gains by living in the desert.

In the wild, Desert Cottontails receive almost all of their water from the variety of plants that they eat. Because of this it is very rare to see a Desert Cottontail drinking water directly.

They are hard to find during the middle of the day as they are usually in hiding, whereas in the early morning or evening they are out and about.

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