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Cottontail Rabbit Skull Replica measures 7.5 cm or 3.0 inches. The Cottontail Rabbit Skull Replica is Museum quality cast in durable Polyurethane resins. Made in USA. The 13 species of Cottontail rabbits can be found throughout much of North America. They are very adaptive and occupy all terrains and most habitats. Cottontail rabbits are born altricial, or naked of hair and are dependent on their mothers for many weeks.
Cottontails are 15 to 18 inches long and weigh between two and three pounds. They can range in color from a light brown to a darker gray. Habitat characteristics and color tones are important in determining the dominant color type of rabbits found in a particular locale. Cottontails have relatively long, erectly held ears, large back feet and their signature, white, fluffy, “cotton” tail.
The crepuscular (“dusk and dawn”) pattern of foraging activity is augmented in the summer by a nocturnal time expansion. During the day, the cottontail stays safely hidden from predators in thickets, brush piles or in hollow logs. Cottontails confronted with danger either freeze in place to take advantage of their cryptic coloration or dart away in a rapid, zigzag manner. Running speeds of the eastern cottontail can reach eighteen miles per hour.
The lifespan of a cottontail averages about two years, depending on the location. Almost every living carnivorous creature comparable to or larger in size than these lagomorphs is a potential predator, including such diverse creatures as domestic dogs, cats, humans, snakes, coyotes, mountain lions, foxes, and if the cottontail is showing signs of illness, even squirrels. The cottontail’s most frequent predators are various birds of prey. Cottontails can also be parasitized by botfly species including Cuterebra fontinella. Newborn cottontails are particularly vulnerable to these attacks. Cottontails use burrows vacated by other animals, and the burrows are used for long enough periods that predators can learn where the cottontails reside and repeatedly return to predate the lagomorphs. Though cottontails are prolific animals that can have multiple litters in a year, few of the resulting offspring survive to adulthood. Those that do grow very quickly and are full grown adults at three months.
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