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desert cottontail

Sylvilagus audubonii

Description:

Has larger ears than other cottontail species, probably an adaptation for thermoregulation in warm climates.

Habitat:

In addition to the Great Basin, I have seen them in grasslands of the Sacramento Valley and inner Coast Range in the San Francisco Bay region.

Notes:

I have observed this species taking refuge in California ground squirrel burrows.

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Jeff Dreier
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Jeff Dreier

California, USA

Spotted on Aug 3, 1986
Submitted on Mar 16, 2014

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