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Desert Cottontail

Sylvilagus audubonii baileyi

Subspecies of Cottontail



First Noted by Expedition
September 15, 1804, near the mouth of the White River, South Dakota.
 

Description
Buff-brown above; white below. Nape bright rust. Moderately long ears, sparsely furred inside.
 

Habitat
Grasslands to creosote brush and deserts.
 

Range
California to Texas, north to eastern Montana and southwestern North Dakota.
 

Note
The home range of the desert cottontail extends up to 15 acres (37 ha) for males and 9 acres (22 ha) for females. Its running speed has been timed at 15 mph (25 km/h).

Species information from enature.com
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