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It’s the most bunnerful time of the year

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Desert cottontails abound in the yard right now.  The desert is green from the late winter rains, so there’s lots to eat.  Adult frolicking leads to tiny bunlets.  The two in the photo above on the right were stashed by mom in a shallow scrape right out in the open.  When we discovered them, while checking on the mantis egg case, they were barely 3 inches long.  A day later, they were gone, leaving only the “form” behind in the mesquite leaf litter.  Moved by mom, eaten, or hopped off under their own power, we’ll never know.

(All photos E.Shock)

Posted by Allison on Mar 26th 2010 09:17 pm | 4 Comments
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4 Responses to “It’s the most bunnerful time of the year”

  1. kateon 27 Mar 2010 at 6:25 am link comment

    You are ahead of us on bunnies and probably lizards too. Our lizards are just waking up. It’s been so COLD this spring.
    I think the temperature in my house has only risen over 70 degrees twice this month. Am slowly freezing solid.

  2. Allisonon 27 Mar 2010 at 8:54 am link comment

    Actually, we are behind you on lizards; your Desert Spinies seem to awake sooner than our whiptails, who are not abroad yet — they won’t be out until the days are regularly in the 80s.

  3. kateon 28 Mar 2010 at 7:28 am link comment

    I feel as the Whiptails do, but unlike them can’t just sleep in the dirt until it’s nice out.

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