Marsh Rabbit And Sea Grape
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A marsh rabbit side view on sand in front of a sea grape plant appearing to sniff a sprout.
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Wildlife One A Day
In the coastal areas of Florida can be seen marsh rabbits, always near water, usually fresh or brackish, and as can be seen here, sometimes along the ocean beach dunes.
These rabbits are found near freshwater marshes and estuarine areas throughout most of Florida. They range through the coastal plain from the Florida panhandle to southeastern Virginia.
These medium sized rabbits are dark brown to reddish brown with a dark belly. The head and tail of marsh rabbits are smaller than eastern cottontail rabbits. Sylvilagus palustris have short rounded ears and small feet with long toenails on the hind feet. Males and females appear similar.
The marsh rabbit is primarily nocturnal, although it can often be seen while foraging in the morning or early evening.
(Subject description from the artist's Wild Florida Photo website www.wildflphoto.com)
February 24th, 2017
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