Mountain Cottontail

Mountain Cottontail

Mountain Cottontail Range Map (North America)
Mountain Cottontail Range Map (North America)
Attribution: IUCN, species assessors & spatial data authors

Latin Name Sylvilagus nuttallii
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location North America
Colour Grey/Brown
Length 35 - 39 cms (13.8 - 15.4 inches)
Tail -
Weight 0.7 - 1.2 Kgs (1.5 - 2.6 lbs)
Life Expectancy -

Main Characteristics

Mountain Cottontails are medium sized rabbits. They are between 35 and 39 cms (13.8 - 15.4 inches) in length and they weigh between 0.7 and 1.2 kgs (1.5 - 2.6 lbs).

They are coloured greyish/brown with a pale coloured underside and they have reddish/brown hairs on their hind legs. Their tail is dark in colour on the top and pale coloured underneath. Their ears are short and rounded and they have black tips.


Mountain Cottontails are found in Canada and western USA. They usually inhabit wooded or brushy areas with plenty of vegetation.


Mountain Cottontails mainly feed on grasses, but they will also eat shrubs and fruit.


Mountain Cottontails breed between March and July. They produce 4 - 5 litters consisting of 4 - 8 young each year. After a gestation period of 28 - 30 days the young are born in a nest. They are weaned when they reach 1 month old and they reach sexual maturity at 3 months old.


Predators of the Mountain Cottontail include snakes, birds of prey, owls, coyotes, bobcats and martens.


Subspecies of the Mountain Cottontail include:

Sylvilagus nuttsallii nuttallii
Sylvilagus nuttsallii pinetis
Sylvilagus nuttsallii grangeri

Interesting Facts

Mountain Cottontails are also known as:
Nuttall's Cottontail

Similar Animals

Appalachian Cottontail
Desert Cottontail
New England Cottontail
Eastern Cottontail
Robust Cottontail
Brush Rabbit
Tres Marias Cottontail
Manzano Mountain Cottontail

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