cottontail rabbit

(redirected from cottontail)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.

cottontail rabbit,

animal of the order Lagomorpha, which includes the hares and rabbits, except for the domestic, or European, rabbitrabbit,
name for herbivorous mammals of the family Leporidae, which also includes the hare and the pika. Rabbits and hares have large front teeth, short tails, and large hind legs and feet adapted for running or jumping.
..... Click the link for more information.
, which is in a separate species. Members of the genus Sylvilagus, cottontails have large ears and short legs and move with a scurrying or scampering gait. Unlike the European rabbit, they do not dig their own burrows but make a nest in a depression in the ground. Unlike hares, they seek protection in hiding rather than in swift flight. The cottontail ranges from the southern border of Canada to N Argentina. There are six races. Cottontails are a common source of tularemiatularemia
or rabbit fever,
acute, infectious disease caused by Francisella tularensis (Pasteurella tularensis). The greatest incidence is among people who handle infected wild rabbits.
..... Click the link for more information.
, or rabbit fever. They are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
..... Click the link for more information.
, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Lagomorpha, family Leporidae.
References in periodicals archive ?
The arrival and high reproduction of the eastern cottontail has been much appreciated by local foxes, coyotes, mink, bobcats, red-tails and great-horned owls.
NEW YORK, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- This April, Peter Cottontail is one busy bunny, hopping down the bunny trail from Atlanta to NYC's Central Park to the White House to happily celebrate his all-new springtime DVD movie adventure, Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie.
A contribution to the biology and management of the cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus mallurus) in Georgia.
Since 2007, conservationists in several New England states have been in a partnership to help the cottontail survive.
Lynn said: "Natalie is absolutely heartbroken so we are doing all we can to get Cottontail back.
Over the past several decades, cottontail habitat has deteriorated leading to declines in many areas within their geographic range (Chapman et al.
Cottontail will discover how to use the umbrella," Raccoon told himself.
Resource Selection Habits Of Eastern Cottontail Rabbits In Missouri Bottomlands.
Magoo, Richie Rich, Peter Cottontail, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Lone Ranger, Lassie, Underdog, Little Lulu, pat the bunny and Lamb Chop.
Prove it by entering him or her into the "Best Dressed Dog" competition during the inaugural "Pooch Pics" event with Peter Cottontail.
The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife also needs rabbit carcass samples for the New England cottontail survey, especially from Central and Western Massachusetts.
s 26,000 s/f expansion at 200 Cottontail Road in Somerset.