Desert Cottontail by Kimberly Chadwick



Taken in Tucson, AZ using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

Named for the pure white underside of their fluffy tails, which flash when fleeing, cottontails are similar across the United States. This desert species is widespread and abundant throughout lower elevations of the Southwest. Its buff gray back blends well with its arid surroundings, and its ears are relatively large.

Cottontails belong to the same taxonomic order as hares and pikas. They are NOT rodents, as once assumed. In fact, these vegetarians are probably more closely related to deer and elk.

Like other rabbits, and unlike hares, the cottontail rears its young in a carefully constructed nest. The female lines a pear-shaped burrow with grass and fur that she plucks from her own belly. Newborn rabbits are blind and hairless, comparatively helpless until they open their eyes. The mother will come to feed her young once in the dawn & dusk time of day. Shooting the milk into their bellies then quickly making her exit so not to leave her sent behind for far of predators. Many people foolishly “rescue” these babies not knowing the true nature of the beast. The best thing to do is leave it be.

Their progress is so rapid they they are able to leave the nest at about 3 weeks and begin breeding by the age of 3 months. They will have several litters of young each year.

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  • Sherry Pundt
    Sherry Pundtalmost 5 years ago

    Awsome capture! His ears almost look bigger then he is.

  • Thank you Ma’am, I was pretty happy with it.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 5 years ago

    Wow look at those huge ears…nicely done Kimberly…inst fave for sure!!!!

  • Thank you so much Larry. The ears makes the

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • RichImage
    RichImagealmost 5 years ago

    Very nice Kimberly an excellent image of such beautiful gentle creatures…

  • I appreciate that my friend, thank you so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Jason D. Laderoute
    Jason D. Lader...almost 5 years ago

    Looks quite content there in the shade
    nice capture

  • I watched him hop over and stretch out before I realized how close I was and started, Thank you Jason!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanalmost 5 years ago

    So cute, I love the ears! Beautiful capture!

  • Thank you very much Lisa, they are cuties indeed!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 5 years ago

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    A fine look at ears a-plenty. Our Eastern Cottontails don’t have quite such magnificent devices, but they certainly have that dashing white scut!

  • LOL, ears are a plenty on these guys no doubt! Thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture!!!! Looks so relaxed and content!!!

  • As hot as it is at this time, he was certainly happy to have found some shade!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Petehamilton
    Petehamiltonalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful image..My my, what big ears he has :-))

  • Yes they are. Thank you for stopping by my new friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely close up of a Desert Cottontail and love the way it blends nicely with the color of the rocks! : )

  • Thank you so very much Sandy!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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