Marsh Rabbit

Sylvilagus palustris

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Basic Information

Order

Lagomorpha

Family

Leporidae

Size

Marsh Rabbits are generally between 16 and 17.5 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 4 years

Weight

Marsh Rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris) facts, habitat, diet, range, rabbit pictures and more to help you learn to identify the small mammal.

Diet

Herbivore

Breeding

Marsh Rabbits breed several times a year. They promiscuous creatures, both male and females will mate with multiple mates. They have small litters and young Marsh Rabbits are on their own in a matter of weeks after birth. Sexual maturity is reached about after three fourths of a year.

Range

South Eastern U.S.

Number of Offspring

2-4 bunnies

What does the Marsh Rabbit look like?

Marsh Rabbits are slightly smaller than their eastern cottontail cousins. They have small rounded ears, small feet and are dark brown to reddish in color with dark undercarriages. The are easily identifiable by the dark underside of their tails. Males and females are about the same size.

Marsh Rabbit Habitat

Marshes

Marsh Rabbit Facts

Marsh Rabbits are herbivores. They eat a variety of leaves, roots, tubers, flowers and woody plants. They are great swimmers and will not hesitate to dive into deep water to avoid predation. They are prey for Eastern Diamondbacks and Water Moccasins, birds of prey and in areas were Red Wolves are present they are a favorite. They are listed as endangered on the U.S. Federal List due to loss of habitat and habitat fragmentation. They are mostly nocturnal in nature, but can viewed during the daylight hours.

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