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Widely regarded as cute and cuddly, a reputation no doubt bolstered by their inclusion in popular children’s tales and songs, rabbits are nevertheless capable of bringing destruction to gardens, lawns, and other landscaped areas. They breed rapidly and feed on various types of vegetation, including agricultural crops and ornamental plants, which causes problems for gardeners, farmers, and landscapers. Several different species of rabbits live in the United States, including cottontails and jackrabbits.
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Rabbits are generally noted for their prominent ears and relatively large hind feet that allow them to move quickly in a hopping manner. At 3 to 7 pounds in weight, with an average body length that ranges from 17 to 21 inches, jackrabbits are larger than their cottontail relatives. Cottontails typically only weigh between 1 and 4 pounds and measure about 16 or 17 inches in body length. Their fur is brown or brownish-gray on the top of the body and white on the underside. The underside of the tail is also white and resembles a ball of cotton, hence the common name of the species.
Particularly attracted to the tender shoots of growing plants, rabbits will eat virtually any form of vegetation they can find, including flowers, grass, shrubs, and garden crops. Their favorite foods range from garden staples like carrots, lettuce, and peas, to herbs and other plant life such as clover, parsley, and tulip stems. Rabbits adjust their diet according to the season. They eat flowers and vegetable plants in the spring and summer before switching to tree bark during the fall and winter.
In general, rabbits live in areas where enough vegetation exists to provide both food and cover. The pests are therefore commonly found in fields and meadows, orchards, farms, parks, and landscaped backyards. In the United States, the range of the Eastern cottontail rabbit extends from the East Coast to the Great Plains and often includes the suburbs, while jackrabbits tend to occupy more open areas in the western regions of the country.