New England Cottontail

New England Cottontail

New England Cottontail Range Map (USA)
New England Cottontail Range Map (USA)

Latin Name Sylvilagus transitionalis
Conservation Status Vulnerable
Location North America
Colour Grey/Brown
Length 40 - 43 cms (15.7 - 16.9 inches)
Tail -
Weight 0.9 - 1.3 Kgs (2 - 2.9 lbs)
Life Expectancy 3 - 5 Yrs

Main Characteristics

New England Cottontails are very similar to eastern cottontails. They have a body length between 40 and 43 cms (15.7 - 16.9 inches) and they weigh between 0.9 and 1.3 kgs (2 - 2.9 lbs). They are grey/brown in colour with a white underside and tail.


New England Cottontails can be found in areas of New England from southern Maine to southern New York, USA. They inhabit areas with dense vegetation.


New England Cottontails mainly feed on grasses, clover and fruits during the summer and bark, twigs and buds during the winter months.


After a gestation period of 28 days a litter of 3 - 8 young rabbits are born. At birth they have their eyes closed and are hairless. They grow quickly and are weaned at 16 - 22 days old.

New England Cottontails will give birth to approximately 3 - 4 litters of young each year.


Predators of New England Cottontails will be similar to those of the eastern cottontail.


There are no recognized subspecies of the New England Cottontail.

Interesting Facts

Similar Animals

Eastern Cottontail
Mexican Cottontail
Desert Cottontail
Robust Cottontail
Appalachian Cottontail
Mountain Cottontail
Brush Rabbit
Tres Marias Cottontail

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