Recognizable by its white fluffy tail, orange nape, and dark rimmed ears, the Desert Cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii) is common throughout San Diego County. This herbivore eats a wide variety of plants, including grasses, forbs, shrubs, and even cacti in the deserts, orchards, and scrublands of our region.
Throughout California and parts of the North American west, they
are often found in groups. A number of animals prey on the Desert Cottontail, including
predators like coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, and wolves as well as birds of
prey like owls and raptors.
Learn more about the Desert Cottontail at Animal Diversity Web at
the University of Michigan Museum of
PHOTO CREDIT: John Mitchell