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Eastern Cottontail Rabbits

Have you noticed the abundant activity of rabbits in the parks or maybe even in your own back yard? The Eastern Cottontail is the most common rabbit species in North America. This small, red/grey/brown back with white underside herbivorous mammal has large hind feet, long ears and a short fluffy white tail. Their large ears and eyes help protect them from predators such as snakes, domestic cats/dogs, foxes, coyotes and birds of prey.

Eastern Cottontails do not dig burrows (besides nest holes), instead they use other animals dens such as groundhogs. Many of their nests are hidden for weeks until the babies, called kits, come bounding out ready for adventure. The mother rabbit doesn't stay in the nest with the kits. She only visits them two times a day to nurse the babies.

Rabbits are coprophagous and produce two types of fecal pellets which one is consumed. Yes, they eat their own poop to get the maximum amount of nutrients from that fecal pellet.

MetroParks of Butler County takes care of a domesticated Dutch rabbit at Chrisholm Historic Farmstead. He is black and white Dutch, about 4 years old and enjoys meeting people. Share a photo of your decorated coloring page with us by sending it via Facebook Messenger or to Programs@YourMetroParks.net

Adult Eastern Cottontail
Nest of baby eastern cottontail rabbits
Dutch Rabbit
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