Swamp Rabbit

The Swamp Rabbit is a large cottontail species found in the swamps of the southeastern United States. They look very similar to other cottontails, though they are some of the largest of this variety. At maturity, they weigh between 3 and 6 pounds.

They survive on reeds, grasses and plants native to marshy areas. They make small dens above ground from dead plants and line them with fur. This Rabbit is known for its speedy getaways from predators; they have been clocked at 45 miles per hour, running in a zig zag pattern.

Being good swimmers, they frequently cross rivers, ponds and streams to get to their destinations. They will even hide in the water from predators, exposing only their noses to breathe.

Babies are born fully furred, though their eyes remain closed for 4 to 7 days after birth. Colonies of Swamp Rabbits breed at the same time. Litters range from 1 to 6 babies. Babies leave the nest at 12 to 15 days old. Young rabbits are capable of reproduction between 23 and 30 weeks of age.

These rabbits are territorial and mark their areas by chinning. This marks surfaces with pheromones from a gland on their chins.

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