Cotton-tailed rabbits, like many other wild animals, are agouti (ah goo tee) colored, a gray/brown/tan/black flecked mix. On adult rabbits, there is no white coloring. Sometimes baby cottontails have a small white dot on their foreheads. They are small, weighing 2-4 pounds, with long slender legs and wedged shaped heads. The ears are up, narrow at the base, and are thin and translucent at the tips. They exhibit a natural fear of humans.
Domestic rabbits also come in the agouti color with the same cottontail but with light tan to white under bellies. They also are light, medium, and dark gray, palomino, white, silver, tan, chocolate brown, cinnamon brown, and black. A popular companion rabbit breed, the Dutch, has "trousers" in black, brown, tan, or gray, with the face and ears in the matching color. The "saddle" area over the shoulders is white. Other popular breeds are white with black, gray, tan, or a mixture of colored spots. They can be smaller than cottontails but are more likely to be larger.
Some domestics have up ears. Others have lop ears that hang down by the sides of their heads. Their ears are wider at the base than the cottontail's ears and are of an even thickness and are opaque to light. The forehead is more dome-shaped than wedged, the cheekbones more prominent, and the cheeks fuller. They are not particularly fearful of humans.
Domestic Agouti Rabbit
⇒Pictures of wild Eastern Cottontail rabbits at Wikipedia.
⇒ Baby Cottontails: Do they need help? at the WildRescue web site.
⇒Wild Rabbits at Lagomorphs.com
⇒Cottontail Rehaber Video on Youtube. (What to do if you find a wild rabbit.)
⇒Get Advice from the Wildlife Center of Virginia, Waynsboro.
⇒Wildlife Emergency Checklist from Wild Again Wildlife Rahabilitation.
⇒Maryland Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
⇒Poplar Spring Wildlife Sanctuary
for domestic and wild animals
P.O. Box 507
Poolesville, Maryland 20837.
⇒Second Chance Wildlife Center
7101 Barcellona Drive
⇒National wildlife Rehabilitators Association
⇒International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council