Eastern Cottontail Rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus)

Brownish, speckled fur with a short white tail, hence its name “Cottontail”. Eastern Cottontail rabbits are very shy and prefer to hide.

How To Identify

Although common on the Island of Montreal, they are difficult to spot. The only time I saw this species was near the airport along a rarely used pathway leading into an undeveloped area. Look for them along bushes and forests into open areas.

Where and When to Spot

The only wild rabbits I saw around Montréal are the eastern cottontail rabbits. I will update this section once I have spotted another species.

Common Names

Baumwollschwanz-Kaninchen, Florida-Waldkaninchen [de]
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit [en]
Conejo castellano, Conejo de Florida [es]
Lapin à queue blanche [fr]


Sylvilagus floridanus

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