| Tapetis are about the size of Eastern Cottontails (Sylvilagus floridanus), but have shorter ears and barely visible tails.
Sometimes called forest rabbits, they are solitary and nocturnal. During the day they rest under dense vegetation or logs. They live in clearings in or near forests and feed on grass. The range of this species extends all the way to northern Argentina. Mexican populations breed year-round. Their litters of 2-8 are born after a month's gestation, in nests built by the female in dry grass.
Head and Body: 215-471 mm; Tail: 15-60 mm
Linnaeus, C., 1758. Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classis, ordines, genera, species cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis, Tenth ed. Vol. 1. Laurentii Salvii, Stockholm, 824 pp. 1:58.
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