A Desert Cottontail on Antelope Island State Park

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Desert Cottontail resting on the snowDesert Cottontail resting on the snow

There is a blanket of snow on Antelope Island right now from storms earlier this week and last and that can make it tough for some animals to find food. I found this Desert Cottontail yesterday near a pile a brush placed by the staff near the park headquarters, I often see the cottontails there and just last week there were visible patches of grass for the rabbits to eat but the covering of snow changed that.

Desert Cottontail in front of a pile of branchesDesert Cottontail in front of a pile of branches

Desert Cottontails are found in the western U.S. and look similar to Eastern Cottontails. They are most active during the early hours of the day and early hours of the evening and they do feed at night. They very rarely need to drink and get most of their water from the plants they eat, from dew and I suppose even snow.

A Desert Cottontail eating the bark of a branchA Desert Cottontail eating the bark of a branch

It did take me by surprise to see this cottontail nibbling on the bark of the branches of the brush pile but the snow was covering all of the grasses the cottontails normally eat.

A hungry Desert CottontailA hungry Desert Cottontail

I had to share at least one image of this Desert Cottontail on Antelope Island State Park that showed its little, fluffy white tail, after all that is where they get part of their name.

Life is good.

Mia

4 Comments

  1. Elephant's Child February 4, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Love it.
    I suspect that there is ALWAYS open season on rabbits here. We brought them into the country and now complain (and kill) because they adapted so well.

  2. Utahbooklover February 4, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Nice images of a cute critter. Our small town paper had an article saying it’s the highest population they’ve been in 10-years, and offered tips for hunting until Feb 28. It implied there are too many for the natural predators. Besides Utah still has that $50 bounty on the coyotes. The wildlife managers fuzzy thinking is a downer.

  3. Patty Chadwick February 4, 2016 at 7:33 am

    That is one cute little bunny!!! Reminds me of a tiny bunny we had, “Bunnita”, that I was given by the pet shop that had her. They gave her to me because she supposedly kicked food and bedding all over the place. They were sick of her. She was a great, feisty little thing. If I was kept in a small cage, I’d kick stuff all over the place, too! I hope this little bunny FINDS food, and doesn’t BECOME food!

  4. Bob McPherson February 4, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Beautiful images Mia. Takes me back to my childhood.

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