Desert Cottontail Photo Gallery
Any of Utah's National Parks offer ample opportunity to observe Desert Cottontails in the wild.
What does the Desert Cottontail look like?
Desert Cottontails have grayish brown fur on their upper bodies and crisp white fur on their bellies. They are slightly larger with bigger ears and a darker coloration than common cottontails. Females tend to be slightly larger.
Desert Cottontail Habitat
Desert Cottontail Facts
Desert Cottontails are mainly active during sunrise and sunset, spending the heat of the day in cool burrows. They are herbivores and when conditions are right will put truth to the old tale of breeding like rabbits, and breed year round. They are considered a game animal by most Wildlife Departments, but are also an important prey for Coyotes, Bobcats, Foxes and Birds of Prey. When danger is in the air, Desert Cottontails will raise their tails, revealing a white patch of cottony fur. This sends a warning signal to other rabbits that predators are nearby.