Mammal Tracks: Eastern Cottontail

Eastern Cottontail

Eastern Cottontails (Sylvilagus floridanus) live on the edge. Their favored foods (tender greenery during the green season, and buds, twigs, and inner bark in the white season) are found along roadsides, field margins, suburban yards, fence rows, and thickets. If you'd like to see if any rabbits live near you, scan edge habitats for tracks the next time there is a light snow fall. When moving about Eastern Cottontails* typically bound, and their resultant track patterns show two staggered front tracks preceding a larger pair of hind tracks.  The direction of travel in the above photo is left to right.

*The tracks of New England Cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) are nearly identical.

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