The James River Park System - Richmond, VA

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Eastern Cottontail
Sylvilagus floridanus
Family: Leporidae


Herbivore / Prey
Native to Virginia

Eastern Cottontail Factsheet


Eastern Cottontail

Eastern Cottontail

The Eastern cottontail is a small and fast reproducing prey item that probably appears on the dinner plate of most predators within the park system. It can sit perfectly still for 10-15 minutes at a time, but can reach speeds of 18mph when being chased by a predator.

Recorded activity in the James River Park

The cottontail didn’t show up on our game cameras until almost a year into the project. It has been "caught" in several locations since, often in "edge" areas at a distance from the river. This species stays away from the deep woods.


Eastern cottontail from Friends of James River Park on Vimeo.

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