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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.
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, 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.
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, 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.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Lagomorpha, family Leporidae.
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White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), Eastern cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus), and meadow voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus) have all been shown to preferentially browse or clip legumes in prairie or savanna ecosystems (Dusi, 1952; Bailey, 1969; Ritchie and Tilman, 1995; Howe and Lane, 2004; Sullivan and Howe, 2009).
A brain shot is quicker and more absolute, but the brains of squirrels and cottontail rabbits are so small that it's easy to miss altogether.
Given the literature, the Mexican cottontail was available all year around (Niederberger 1979) and it was the most common animal during prehistoric times for food, and it seems as though the Mexican cottontail rabbit was very abundant.
In total, the data set consists of 15 jackrabbits and 33 cottontail rabbits spanning a time period of 3050-650 YBP.
Reproduction and productivity in South Texas cottontail rabbits. Mammalia 41:253-281.
Vol Brashears, who started a lumber mill in Berryville in 1935, made wooden traps in which children could catch cottontail rabbits. He paid the kids 35 cents per live rabbit and shipped the critters to hareless parts of the country, receiving anywhere from $1 to $2.50 a rabbit in return.
woodchucks, muskrats, cottontail rabbits, porcupines, gray squirrels, and song birds, quail, turkeys, chickens).
Eastern cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus) have severely hampered forest regeneration in the Lower Missouri River floodplains due to intense herbivory.
Josh Millspaugh, a UM wildlife biologist, and Dan Dey from USDA's Forest Service, wanted to see how eastern cottontail rabbits forage in bottomland fields so they could develop techniques that would decrease damage to plantings.
A pile of brush can act as shelter for cottontail rabbits, squirrels, mice, voles and birds.
Or perhaps an unknown virus from another species had transferred to the rabbit, as in the case of myxomatosis, which was obtained from South American cottontail rabbits and used to control European rabbits.
For a few days every April, July and October, the mail carriers conduct the Rural Mail Carrier Survey for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, looking for first-class quail, grouse, wild turkeys, cottontail rabbits, jackrabbits and deer.