It’s a hopping good time for today’s Wildlife Wednesday from your Ohio Division of Wildlife.
The Eastern cottontail rabbit is a small mammal with a brownish-gray body, long ears, and a small white tuft of a tail that resembles a cotton ball — the feature it derives a part of its name from. There is also a rusty colored patch of fur on the nape of the neck. The feet can be whitish.
Eastern cottontail rabbits are year-round residents and prefer open areas bordered by thickets or brush areas. Preferably the open area is an old field with tall grass. Nearby burrows are used as protection from predators and harsh weather.
For more info on this species, head to https://ohiodnr.gov/…/mammals/eastern-cottontail-rabbit.