Marsh Rabbit

Marsh Rabbit

Marsh Rabbit

I took this photo of a marsh rabbit in Lakes Park while it was chewing on some grass or other type of vegetation. I learned that marsh rabbits are lagomorphs which include the various classes of rabbits and hares. Marsh rabbits are darker in color, have shorter ears and darker tails than their close relatives cottontail rabbits. They live in wetland areas including swamps, marshes, near lakes and other waterways. They reproduce a lot and have several litters of young rabbits each year. They unfortunately are easy prey to predators in wetland areas such as birds of prey and raptors. Lakes Park on Gladiolus Ave in Ft. Myers is a great place to see well cared for gardens and a large variety of plants, trees and birds. They also have a nice walking trail. There is a blog covering the parks plants and wildlife which has a lot of great pictures and is well worth visiting. You can also learn about Lakes Park on Lee County’s website which  gives more information about the park and it’s facilities.

 

 

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