Cottontail Rabbits

Rabbit © Henrietta Yelle, Mass Audubon
© Henrietta Yelle, Mass Audubon

Massachusetts is home to two species of rabbit, the New England cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) and the eastern cottontail (S. floridanus). Both are solitary creatures, active mostly between dusk and dawn. Generally silent, rabbits may communicate by soft grunts and purrs and by thumping the ground with the hind feet. When caught by a predator, they can produce a bloodcurdling scream. Learn More

While rabbits generally steer clear of people, they can damage gardens. Learn More about what you can do if you have rabbits in your garden or nests in your yard.