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Eastern cottontail

Sylvilagus floridanus


The eastern cottontail is chunky, red-brown or gray-brown in appearance, with large hind feet, long ears, and a short, fluffy white tail. Its underside fur is white. There is a rusty patch on the tail. Its appearance differs from that of a hare in that it has a brownish-gray coloring around the head and neck. The body is lighter color with a white underside on the tail. It has large brown eyes and large ears to see and listen for danger. In winter the cottontail's pelage is more gray than brown. The kits develop the same coloring after a few weeks, but they also have a white blaze that goes down their forehead; this marking eventually disappears. This rabbit is medium-sized, measuring 36–48 cm (14–19 in) in total length, including a small tail that averages 5.3 cm (2.1 in).-Wikipedia


Spotted at West Hylebos Wetlands Park.


The eastern cottontail was introduced to Washington state in the 1930's.

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Brian38 a year ago

Thank you dcslaugh and Hema.

dcslaugh a year ago

Great photo!

Hema a year ago


Federal Way, Washington, USA

Lat: 47.29, Long: -122.33

Spotted on May 9, 2017
Submitted on May 14, 2017

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