Sylvilagus floridanus

Common Names: Eastern cottontail
Category: Mammals
Sub-category: Rodents

It is one of the most common rabbit species in North America. The eastern cottontail's diet includes grasses, fruits, and vegetables in the spring and summer, and twigs, bark, dogwoods and maple trees in the winter. Mating occurs from February to October, depending on the weather. Males will mate with more than one female. Female rabbits can have 1 to 7 litters of 1 to 12 young, called kits, in a year; however, the average number of litters per year is 3 to 4 and the average number of kits is 5. It is crepuscular so it is most active during early dawn and dusk. When chased, it runs in a zigzag pattern, running up to 18mph.

They are often found in fields and residential suburbs.

Edible Notes: Rabbits are edible, flavorful, with a consistency similar to chicken. Place the skinned cleaned rabbit in a pot of salted water and allow the meat to soak for 12 hours inside the refrigerator for best results. Many recipes for rabbit can be found online.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.