I see this one Eastern Cottontail Rabbit just about everyday in my yard. It will put its back against one of the large pine trees. It will stay in this spot for several hours. It is able to keep watch on me and my dog Rosie as we enter or leave the house. It doesn't have to worry about anything from the rear since it has the tree to protect it. A very smart Rabbit.
I read that the average Cottontail Rabbit will live 3 years in the wild. This one may make it past the 3 years.
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit Up Against TreeEastern Cottontail Rabbit Here In Arkansas
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit Facts
- These rabbits have high mortality, with a death rate up to 80 percent per year. Their main predators are domestic dogs and cats, coyotes, bobcats, hawks and owls.
- During the day, cottontails often remain hidden in vegetation. If spotted, they flee from prey with a zigzag pattern, sometimes reaching speeds of up to 18 miles an hour.
- The eastern cottontail can leap distances of between 10 and 15 feet.
- Eastern cottontails are short-lived. Most do not survive beyond their third year.
- They are most active during the night but especially in the early morning hours and at dusk. They do not hibernate, so they can be seen during the winter.