Swamp Rabbit

Swamp Rabbit Range Map (USA)
Swamp Rabbit Range Map (USA)

Latin Name Sylvilagus aquaticus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location USA
Colour Brown/Black
Length 45 - 55 cms (18 - 22 inches)
Tail 4 cms (1.5 inches)
Weight 1.5 - 2.5 kgs (3.25 - 5.5 lbs)
Life Expectancy -

Main Characteristics

Swamp Rabbits are a large species of rabbit and they have a body length between 45 and 55 cms (18 - 22 inches), a tail length of approximately 4 cms (1.5 inches) and they weigh between 1.5 and 2.5 kgs (3.25 - 5.5 lbs).

Their coat is a mixture of dark brown, rusty brown and black on their head and back and they have a white throat, underside and tail. They have a distinctive cinnamon coloured ring around each of their eyes and their ears are relatively small compared to others in the Sylvilagus genus.


Swamp Rabbits can be found in the marshes, swamps and wetlands of south eastern USA.


Swamp Rabbits feed on grasses, reeds and other plants.


Swamp Rabbits breed between February and August. They produce 2 - 3 litters consisting of 1 - 6 young per litter.


Predators of the Swamp Rabbit include humans, domestic dogs and american alligators.


There are two subspecies of the Swamp Rabbit:

Sylvilagus aquaticus aquaticus

Sylvilagus aquaticus littoralis

Interesting Facts

In 1979 a Swamp Rabbit had a close encounter with the then president Jimmy Carter. President Carter was fishing on a small pond on his farm and a Swamp Rabbit approached his boat and tried to board.

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New England Cottontail
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Tres Marias Cottontail

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