Cottontail Rabbits

Cottontail rabbit sitting up in grass side view © Latitia Duret
© Latitia Duret

Massachusetts is home to two species of wild rabbit—the native New England Cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) and the non-native Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus). Both are solitary, generally silent, and most active between dusk and dawn; however, you're far more likely to see one than the other. Get to know both species >