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Leporidae: Sylvilagus palustris

Leporidae: Sylvilagus palustris

Marsh rabbit - Sylvilagus aquaticus

Class: Mammals
Order: Lagomorfi
Family: Leporidae
Genus: Sylvilagus
Species: S. palustris

Weight: 1.2 - 2.2 kg
Area of ‚Äč‚Äčorigin: Eastern United States

Widespread in the swamps and wetlands of the eastern United States, in greater numbers in southern Florida, this rabbit is very similar in appearance to the minrepre (its close relative) but with smaller ears and tail.
It lives in swampy areas and, like the species S. aquaticus, is a good swimmer.
These rabbits are often found in environments with pools of brackish water and covered with plants such as rush, centella etc.
They feed on these and build nests of grass and fur on the edges of the pools.
Active at night it hides in hollow trunks and in grassy areas by day.
To escape from predators, he often protects himself by immersing himself in muddy waters.
It reproduces all year round and gives birth to 2/4 puppies after a gestation of 30/37 days.
It is on average 42 to 44 cm long, with a weight ranging from 1.2 to 2.2 kg.
The color varies depending on the areas where it lives, ranging from burnished red with black shades on the back to blackish brown, the belly is grayish brown with gray or blue tail.

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