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Fun Animal Trivia:
Cottontail Rabbits can have how many litters per year?
Correct Trivia Answer: c) 6
Cottontails can raise as many as 6 litters in a year.
There are 13 species of cottontail rabbits (genus Sylvilagus), nine of which are found in various sections of North America north of Mexico. All nine are similar in general appearance and behavior, but differ in size, range, and habitat.
Cottontails generally spend their entire lives in an area of 10 acres or less. Occasionally they may move a mile or so from summer range to winter cover or to a new food supply. Lack of food or cover is usually the motivation for a rabbit to relocate.
Rabbits live only 12 to 15 months, and probably only one rabbit in 100 lives to see its third fall, yet they make the most of the time available to them. Cottontails can raise as many as 6 litters in a year.
The appetite of a rabbit can cause problems every season of the year. Rabbits eat flowers and vegetables in spring and summer. In fall and winter, they damage and kill valuable woody plants. Rabbits will devour a wide variety of flowers. The one most commonly damaged is the tulip; they especially like the first shoots that appear in early spring. Rabbit damage can be identified by the characteristic appearance of gnawing on older woody growth and the clean cut, angled clipping of young stems. Distinctive round droppings in the immediate area are a good sign of their presence too.
Damage control methods include removal by live trapping or hunting, exclusion, and chemical repellents. In general, no toxicants or fumigants are registered for rabbit control; however, state regulations may vary. Frightening devices may provide a sense of security for the property owner, but they rarely diminish rabbit damage.
If a rabbit or any other critter gets too close for comfort, call the professionals at Critter Control for assistance by dialing 1 800 CRITTER.
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