Cottontail Rabbit

Leporidae lagomorpha




Weight: 2-3 lbs

Breeding Seasons: To be Added Soon

Mating: To be Added Soon



Grass lands punctuated by wooded dingles.




I have no first hand experience with rabbits. They have not been a major source of damage in my area.



Distinguishing Marks-To be Added


House Damage-

Generally very little. Rabbit damage tends to center on gardens.

Landscape Damage

Protecting Gardens

Protecting gardens is very easy, simply build a fence around the garden that is at least 3 feet high. The beauty is that the fence doesn't even need to be very strong to be effective. You don't have to bury mesh below the ground to keep rabbits out of the garden. But if you want to keep woodchucks out too, then this is how you add it.


A X Fence is to be 3 feet above the ground
E X___________________ Ground Level
. X Extend the fence at least 6" below the ground and bend the out from the garden at least 1 foot.

You can use 1 inch Chicken wire which is is hexogonal wires twisted together. X is chicken wire. Set stakes around the garden every few feet to hold up the fence. But be sure the fence is not tight. You want the fence to be wobbly. WDC thanks Laura Simon and Tim Julien for their information on this fence. You can have better results with galvanized wire which will result in less rusting.

Protecting Trees

Rabbits can damage trees by chewing the bark and thus girdling the tree. Normally this happens during periods where alternative food is not readily available. The solution is to fence your tree or to wrap it (consult your garden store). Just make sure that you protect the tree trunk high enough to compensate for the rabbit standing on snow.

Plants Rabbits Don't Like To Eat

Unfortunately, we don't have an answer to this question yet. If you have ideas then please drop us an e-mail. However, we have received reports concerning what they have eaten.

Plants rabbits eat include

  • Achillea, Short variety
  • Asters
  • Black-eyed Susans
  • Cone Flowers
  • Dusty Miller
  • Hardy Phlox
  • Impatience
  • Liatris
  • Marigolds
  • Petunias
  • Rose Buds, low growing
  • Rue
  • Tiger Lillies


Damage Solutions:

1.We've tried cayenne and other hot pepper but it was not effective.






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