Morris Museum Loan Friday: Cottontail Rabbits

Happy New Years museum goers! It’s #MorrisMuseumLoanFriday and we hope that you all had a wonderful holiday. With the start of 2014, Museum Loan Department is excited to introduce to you some of the 1,400 portable exhibits that relate to subjects in the arts, sciences, history and humanities. We have served New Jersey public and private schools, libraries and private facilities and organization for more than half a century.

Since most of us are bundled up inside during this snowy day, we thought we would introduce our Cottontail Rabbit boxes for your pleasure.

Named for its fluffy white tail, Cottontail Rabbits usually live in brushy areas, edges of woods and swamps, and suburban lawns and gardens. During the day, it hides in a thicket or burrow. At dusk or after dawn, the rabbits come out to feed on leafy green plants during the summer. During the winter their diets usually consist of twigs, bark, and buds.  Surprisingly, Cottontail Rabbits do not hibernate during the winter.

Cottontail Rabbits usually have three or more litters (kits) per year. Their litters usually consist of three to six babies.  Like all true rabbits, they are born blind and hairless.  After two weeks, the young are ready to leave the burrow or brush shelter nest. Maturity occurs at six months of age. A full-grown rabbit is usually 11-17 inches long, weighs 2 to 4 pounds, and survives less than 3 years in the wild.

These are just two of the many mammal specimens the Museum Loan Department has in the collection. Click below to find out how easy it is to borrow some of these amazing creatures.

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