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Mammal Tracks and Sign

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

 

 

TRACKS & TRAILS

 


Photo by Alexis Burnett

Eastern Cottontail run. A "run" is a trail used frequently by a particular species of animal.

 


Photo by Alexis Burnett

Typical Cottontail tracks. The tracks in this photo are leading upwards.

 
A nice set of tracks of a rabbit traveling away from the camera.
 
 
The classic track pattern of a rabbit.

The rear feet are ahead of the front feet, which means that this rabbit was traveling towards the left.


HAIR/FUR

A tuft of Rabbit fur

CHEWS

A chewed stick
When the snow is deep during the winter, the next spring you will find signs of rabbits browsing many feet above the actual ground surface.
Rabbits chew at a 45-degree angle, like rodents. Rabbits and Hares are not rodents, however, their front teeth are arranged in a similar manner.

Deer browse, on the other hand, is ripped off, not cut at this angle.


SCAT

Eastern Cottontail scat is round.

Rabbits practice Coprophagy, which is the reingestion of partially digested scat. Please see the separate page on this topic.

Cottontail scat with unusual orange urine accompanying it.

Here, a rabbit sat for awhile. It released a small pile of pellets, and urinated.

Note that it faced two or three directions.

Close-up view of the scat.

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