Litter Size

How many babies does a Desert cottontail have at once? (litter size)

How many baby Desert cottontails are in a litter?

A Desert cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii) usually gives birth to around 3 babies.

Each of those little ones spend around 28 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 34 grams (0.07 lbs) and measure 8 cm (0′ 4″). They are a member of the Leporidae family (genus: Sylvilagus). An adult Desert cottontail grows up to a size of 32.5 cm (1′ 1″).

To have a reference: Humans obviously usually have a litter size of one ;). Their babies are in the womb of their mother for 280 days (40 weeks) and reach an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″). They weight in at 62 kg (137 lbs), which is obviously highly individual, and reach an average age of 75 years.

The average litter size of a Desert cottontail is 3

The desert cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii), also known as Audubon’s cottontail, is a New World cottontail rabbit, and a member of the family Leporidae. Unlike the European rabbit, they do not form social burrow systems, but compared with some other leporids, they are extremely tolerant of other individuals in their vicinity.Cottontails give birth to their kits in burrows vacated by other mammals. They sometimes cool off, or take refuge in scratched out shallow created depressions of their own making, using their front paws like a back hoe. They are not usually active in the middle of the day, but can be observed foraging in the early morning, and early evening. Cottontails are rarely found out of their burrows looking for food on windy days, because the wind interferes with their ability to hear approaching predators, their primary defense mechanism.The dental formula for Sylvilagus audubonii is 28. All species under the family Leporidae have the same dental formula.

Other animals of the family Leporidae

Desert cottontail is a member of the Leporidae, as are these animals:

Animals that share a litter size with Desert cottontail

Those animals also give birth to 3 babies at once:

Animals with the same weight as a Desert cottontail

What other animals weight around 882 grams (1.94 lbs)?

Animals with the same size as a Desert cottontail

Also reaching around 32.5 cm (1′ 1″) in size do these animals: