Desert Cottontail Images and Information:
- Desert Cottontails are light colored rabbits of the western U.S. whose fur has shades of tan to gray with a yellowish undertone.
- They are found in arid lands of the American Southwest and Plains states. Their range extends from eastern Montana south into the western tip of Texas and into Mexico and the western part of their range into Nevada, southern California and the Baja.
- Their habitat includes dry deserts, dry grasslands and shrublands, sagebrush steppe, pinyon-juniper forests and riparian areas.
- Desert Cottontails rarely need to drink, instead they get water mostly from the plants they eat or from dew.
- Desert Cottontails can breed at eighty days old and will breed about 8 months of year. A normal litter is about two to six young. The young leave the nest at three weeks of age.
- Ninety percent of a Desert Cottontails diet is grass but they will eat plants, forbs, cacti and shrubs. They will also eat the bark from tree branches that are close to the ground.
- Desert Cottontails live to about two years old.