Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

Series of dimensioned elevation illustrations of the Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

The Eastern Cottontail Rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus) is a member of the Leporidae family and has a chunky appearance with a red-brown or gray-brown fur coloring. It is the most common rabbit species in North America and can be found in the United States, southern Canada, eastern Mexico, central America, and northern most South America.

They are a territorial animal and run in a zigzag pattern when being chased. The Eastern Cottontail diet consists of bark, twigs, leaves, fruits, buds, flowers, grass seeds, sedge fruits, and rush seeds.

Set of side elevation drawings of the Eastern Cottontail Rabbit in assorted postures

Eastern Cottontail Rabbits have a shoulder height of 7”-9” (17.8-22.9 cm), body length between 15”-18” (38-45.7 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 2-4.5 lb (.9-2 kg). The ears of an Eastern Cottontail Rabbit are 2.5”-3.5” (6.4-8.9 cm) in length. The typical lifespan of an Eastern Cottontail Rabbit is 2-3 years in the wild and up to 7-9 years in captivity.


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7”-9” | 17.8-22.9 cm
15”-18” | 38-45.7 cm
2-4.5 lb | .9-2 kg
Ear Length:
2.5”-3.5” | 6.4-8.9 cm
Scientific Name:
Sylvilagus floridanus
2-3 years (wild); up to 7-9 years (captivity)


Drawings include:

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit side elevation (standing), side (crouching), front (standing), back (sitting), side (sitting)


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Lagomorphs are small to medium sized mammals that resemble rodents, which are their closest relatives. Lagomorphs have short tales and flaps of skin that meet behind their incisor to allow gnawing with the mouth cavity closed. All Lagomorphs are herbivores and feed on grasses and small plants.