Cottontail Rabbit in Sutton Massachusetts
The Cottontail Rabbit is the only type of rabbit found in Massachusetts. We have two sub-groups of Cottontail found here. One is the New England cottontail - Sylvilagus transitionalis - which is our native cottontail. Then we also have the introduced one, the Eastern Cottontail Sylvilagus floridanus which was brought up in the 1800s sometime. It took over. It now lives in a territory ranging from Canada down through South America.
The two rabbits look nearly identical. You have to look at slight details of the ear, for example, to see how they are separate. The New England cottontail has a larger black stripe on the ear, while the Eastern Cottontail has just a black edge.
These photos of our local Massachusetts rabbit - I'm not sure which one :) - were all taken in July 2013 in our back yard. It has slight damage on one of its ears. I would guess it's an Eastern Cottontail since it seems to have just a black edge to its ear. It liked eating the leafy greenery in our lawn. I think it also likes to eat our peapods in our garden, since those are mysteriously disappearing.
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