| Mexican Cottontails are the largest rabbits in Mexico. Large individuals can weigh as much as medium-sized jackrabbits. This makes them popular with hunters, both for sport and food. In fact, fossil bones some 2,000 years old suggest that these rabbits were eaten by our prehistoric ancestors. Mexican Cottontails are adaptable. They are found in arid lowlands at sea level and at 3,000 m elevation in temperate highlands, wherever they can find grasses and herbs to eat. They also eat oats, corn, and barley, which does not endear them to farmers. They are most active around dawn and dusk. In the central Mexican highlands, where they are known as Conejo Montés (mountain rabbits), abandoned pocket gopher burrows and rock crevices provide safe resting places.
Total Length: 485-515 mm; Tail: 54-68 mm
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