Skip Navigation

Go
Species Search:
FieldGuidesthreatened and/or endangered search resultsthreatened and/or endangered

previous

Marsh Rabbit Sylvilagus palustris

 

enlarge +

Marsh Rabbit
credit: Tomfriedel/CCSA

All Images

 

Get Our Newsletters

 

Advanced Search

Family: Leporidae, Hares and Rabbits view all from this family



Description Smaller than Swamp Rabbit, with a dingy underside of tail (rarely white). Dainty feet are red to buff in color. Back, rump, upper tail, and hind legs are chestnut brown to rusty red; back of neck is dark cinnamon; abdomen is white, rest of belly is buff to brown.


Dimensions 425-440mm, 33-39mm, 1.2-2.0kg


Endangered Status The Lower Keys Marsh Rabbit, a subspecies of the Marsh Rabbit, is on the U.S. Endangered Species List. It is classified as endangered in Florida. As with a number of species native to the Florida Keys, this rabbit's decline coincided with the residential and commercial development of the string of islands off the coast of Florida. While it once lived on many of the lower Keys, it now lives on only a handful. The 250 or so individuals remaining face mortality from cats and automobiles, as well as the continued loss of habitat. Because they live west of the Seven Mile Bridge, they are essentially stranded while their habitat shrinks around them.


Habitat Beaches, shorelines & estuaries, Swamps, marshes & bogs, Lakes, ponds, rivers & streams


Range Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida


Discussion Florida Keys subspecies (S. p. hefneri) Endangered. More active at night than in the daytime. Nests of soft grasses lined with rabbit fur are found among sedges at the water’s edge. Uses swamps, lake borders, and other wet areas, in lowlands below 150m elevation. More common in brackish water areas, especially marshes with hummocks of vegetation. Frequently found in cattail marshes.


 

 

 

©2007 eNature.com