Tapeti, Sylvilagus brasiliensis

The tapeti (Sylvilagus brasiliensis) is a species of cottontail rabbit that can be found in Central and North America. Its other common names include the forest rabbit and the Brazilian rabbit. It is the only species in the Leporidae family found in the majority of its range.

The tapeti is nocturnal and is a solitary creature. It can be seen foraging for browse and grass in forested regions, in human populated areas such as gardens and plantations, and near swamps and riverbeds. The tapeti appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern”.

Image Caption: Hand colored stone lithograph from Quadrupeds of North America, by John James Audubon. Credit: Wikipedia