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Mammalthon 2: Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

Posted on May 6, 2008 by in Mammalthons, Other Orders | 2 comments

Sylvilagus floridanus
Number 0160

Here is a cottontail for Sonja. It’s the same kind as the ones in her backyard.


  1. Great cottontail drawing!! They are my favorite rodent. (At least I think they are rodents).

  2. Thanks, Ma! And happy Mother’s Day! Rabbits, hares, and pikas are not rodents, actually—they’re lagomorphs, a different order. (Lagomorph, boringly, means “hare-shape.”) But I just read in Walker’s Mammals of the World that the lagomorphs used to be considered rodents, so lots of scientists have agreed with you, and you may still be right.

    I’m glad you didn’t hate rodents that much when we had 7 tiny pink-eraser baby hamsters.

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