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Can You Guess It?? Feature

This page was updated on May 18, 2008

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The Can You Guess It?? photo shown above is featured in the July 2008 Nebline Newsletter

ANSWER: Eastern Cottontail Rabbit. Photo taken in Wilber, Nebraska

Cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus spp.) and jackrabbits (Lepus spp.) are found in most of Nebraska. The eastern cottontail (S. floridanus) lives throughout the state while the desert cottontail (S. audubonii) lives only in western Nebraska. Black-tailed (L. californicus) and white-tailed jackrabbits (L. townsendii) are most common in the western two-thirds of Nebraska.

People sometimes think rabbits are rodents because they have those large front teeth like squirrels, rats and mice. But rabbits (and hares) have a second pair of teeth right behind the first pair. Rabbits are classified as lagomorphs, not rodents. (source: Prevention and Control of Rabbit Damage)

Learn more:

If you are interested in learning more about domestic rabbits, visit the 4-H Web site

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