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Eastern Cottontail Rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus).  Rabbits, although sometimes called rodents, actually fall into the Lagomorph order (hares, rabbits, and pikas).  They eat leafy plants during the spring and summer, and the buds and bark of woody plants during the winter.  Well-known for their reproductive abilities ("they breed like rabbits"), the cottontails breed from February through spring and have three to four litters (4-5 young in each) every year.  Gestation period is about 28 days (Compassionate Action Institute, Inc). 

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes