The marsh rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris) is a small cottontail rabbit found in marshes and swamps of coastal regions of the Eastern and Southern United States. It is a strong swimmer and found only near regions of water. It is similar in appearance to the eastern cottontail but is characterized by smaller ears, legs, and tail.
Marsh rabbits display a blackish brown or dark reddish dorsal surface. The belly is a dingy brownish gray in most but can also have a dull white appearance in mainland rabbits. The leading edges of the ears display small black tufts with ochre on the inside. The black portions of the upper parts often change to a dull grayish buff in spring and summer months, returning to a reddish or ochre color in fall, followed by darker black in the winter. Rabbits of peninsular Florida typically display darker and redder colors with a cinnamon-rufous nape, feet, and legs. Juveniles display much darker and duller colors than adults.
Marsh rabbits have a number of features that distinguish them from cottontails and swamp rabbits. The short ears and legs are much smaller than that of a swamp rabbit. The tail is also much reduced from the bushy tail seen in cottontails.
Marsh rabbits are typically smaller than eastern cottontail rabbits. Adults from the Florida peninsula weigh approximately 2.2–2.6 pounds with a total length upwards of 17 inches. Adults from the mainland regions typically grow larger, weighing up to 3.5 pounds and reaching more than 17.5 inches in length.
The marsh rabbit commonly inhabits brackish and freshwater marshes, mainly of cattails and cypress. In southern Florida, they commonly occupy sandy islands and mangrove swamps. They are strictly limited to regions with ready access to water, unlike most rabbits. Often, they will enter tidal marshes, but remain near high ground for protection. Normal hiding spots include dense thickets of magnolia, black-gum, sweet-gum, briers, and cattails.
Breeding in marsh rabbits occurs year-round. Nests are built from rushes, grasses, and leaves. The well-covered nest is lined with hair from the adult rabbits. They are often found in dense thickets or swampy places completely surrounded by water for protection.
Marsh rabbits are more aquatic than swamp rabbits as they are not known to inhabit forests. They take to water readily and are excellent swimmers. To aid in swimming, the hind legs have less fur and longer nails than typical cottontails. When not concealed in dense thickets, the rabbits will stay submerged in muddy water with only their eyes and noses exposed and ears laid back flat. When they have been spotted, they will readily take to water and swim quickly to a new hiding spot or floating vegetation. Because marsh rabbits possess very short hind legs, they typically rely on doubling and turning when running to evade predators. This often leads to easy capture by dogs. When flushed out of hiding spots, they may squeal as they escape.
One very distinguishing habit of marsh rabbits is that they walk on all fours, placing each foot down alternately like a cat. Although they can hop like all rabbits, they are more agile in dense vegetation with this walking tendency. The major characteristic of the footprint pattern not seen in other rabbits is widely spread toes.
The scientific name Sylvilagus palustris derives from a combination of the Latin words silva ("forest") and lagos ("hare"), plus palustris ("of the marsh"). The marsh rabbit has commonly been associated with the group of swamp rabbits; however, this name is not a synonym and should not be confused with the larger swamp rabbit (Sylvilagus aquaticus) of Alabama through Texas. Marsh rabbits have also often been referred to as marsh hares.
Our favorite neighbors are the marsh rabbits. We get excited whenever one comes out of the marsh behind our house to graze. But the place that we’ve seen them the most is up near the front of the neighborhood. They’re so cute, and Mom just swoons over them. “They just look like a crushed velvet Easter bunny.”
Fine if ya don't wanna, but could you summarize the nine banded armadillo episode?my favorite octo-agent is ranger Marsh and the 9 banded armadillo is my 2nd favorite animal! (If u were wondering the pink fairy armadillo is my 1st fav animal!) so yea I was very excited to see the episode and was wondering if u wanted to talk about it! Ty! <3
Yeah of course!
Firstly, I really like how Ranger Marsh is genuinely friends with all the swamp creatures, and they all know and like him. Secondly: I like Phil's cameo appearance. (He was from a season 4 episode, if anyone doesn't remember.)
This is random, but the way Barnacles' eyes are shaded make him look like he hasn't slept in 50 years. Which isn't too unreasonable after the events of The Bamboo Rescue.
This feels... like a metaphor. 😶
Ranger Marsh feels like a swamp!Shellington with how much he knows about the creatures living there, and how he instantly recognized the rare armadillo tracks with just one look.
This is interesting, because it implies that Ranger Marsh can't swim; which is actually very abnormal for Floridian Marsh Rabbits. Marsh rabbits are one of the few subspecies of rabbits that can be fully submerged in water without experiencing Shock symptoms, let alone swim. I don't think we've ever seen him in water before this episode either, so this theory holds up.
Just wanna say, that this must've been HORRIFYING lmao.
And to close off, I present an accurate representation of me when my dad decides to go ZYOOM on a highway.
also I looked up a picture of those pink fairy armadillos—and they're adorable???? oh my gosh????? i love them they're so smol
If you don’t follow Jeffery Marsh on ig I don’t know what you are doing with your life !!!! Their work seriously helps me so so so much and their love and beauty and queerness literally inspires me every day!!!!!!!!!!!
The other week me and my boyfriend saw this cute little marsh rabbit hanging around the lake in our local zoo. Best animal at the zoo and wasnt even supposed to be there. Look at those little pëëts and thumpers. So good.
Ese mismo día trate de alejarme lo mas posible de aquel lugar para no ser encontrado por aquellos sujetos ya que no sabía de lo que serian capaces de hacerme si me encontraban, camine hasta donde mis fuerzas alcanzaban, no fue mucho tomando en cuenta que cargaba a alguien mas sobre mi espalda.
Llegue a un lugar un poco inusual pero ciertamente solitario en donde difícilmente seria encontrado, debía de descansar y esperar a que aquel chico despertará para formular una solución a tal complicado problema.
Craig: Bien Craig ahora si que te metiste en un grave problema, ahora ¿Qué vas a hacer?
Craig: Debería de dejar de ayudar a cualquier tipo que vea en la calle si voy a terminar en un gran aprieto con hombres armados buscándome.
Craig: ¡Y terminar en un sucio túnel de desagüe que apesta como las axilas de cartman! En momentos como estos me alegro de usar una mascara.
Craig: Y ahora estoy hablando solo como un total loco que no deja de discutir consigo mismo por haber hecho una estupidez.
Craig: De seguro mis padres deben estar tan preocupados de no saber donde estoy...
Craig: Que duro debe ser víctima de un secuestro, no luces nada bien, de seguro debe de dolerte fuerte el rostro...
Craig: Serias mas útil si ya estuvieras consiente, solo espero no meterme en mas problemas por haberte ayudado.
Craig: Aunque supongo que no es tu culpa si no la mía por entreponerme en esto, pero sinceramente me alegra de haberte salvado aunque no te conozca haha.
Craig: Solo espero que las cosas estén bien para cuando te recuperes.