Common Name: Appalachian Cottontail
Scientific Name: Sylvilagus obscurus
Habitat: Found in higher elevations, appears to prefer more wooded habitat with denser cover than the eastern cottontail.
Diet: Herbivorous —thought to prefer green vegetation in summer, twigs and bark in winter.
This species was recently recognized as separate from the New England cottontail.
Chapman, J. A., K. L. Cramer, N. J. Dippenaar, and T. J. Robinson. 1992. “Systematics and biogeography of the New England cottontail, Sylvilagus transitionalis (Bangs, 1895), with a description of a new species from the Appalachian Mountains.”