Desert Cottontail Rabbit

Desert Cottontail Rabbit

Size: 1.5 ft. long

Weight: 2.5 lbs.

Native: Yes

The most common rabbit species in Orange County, Desert Cottontails can be identified by their cotton ball like tail. You will find them foraging for grass in many open/low brush areas of Orange County although their population seems to have declined greatly in OC in recent years. The lifespan of these rabbits is only around 2 years or less because they are heavily predated on by many other animals like hawks, eagles, owls, coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions. They make up for this by having a fast reproductive rate, giving birth to 1-6 babies at a time. Their gestation period is only about 1 month and are able to have several litters per year.

Desert Cottontail Rabbit
Desert Cottontail Rabbit