About this Species 

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Name:Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
Scientific Name: Sylvilagus floridanus

The eastern cottontail is a medium-sized mammal with long ears; large hind legs; shorter front legs; a short, fluffy white tail; and soft fur. The upper parts are grayish- to reddish-brown, coarsely peppered with black; the underparts are grayish white; the tops of the hind feet are tan to whitish; and the nape of the neck is bright rusty red. Individuals are 10 to 19 inches in length and weigh 1½ to 3½ pounds.

Eastern cottontails are the most abundant small game animals in Arkansas, but numbers may vary widely from year to year depending on habitat availability, weather, disease and other factors.