Keep Calm And Hop On!

F/8.0, 1/250, ISO 250.

Desert Cottontail Rabbit

What do rabbits say before they eat?

Lettuce pray.

Interesting Fact: Due to the variable temperature of living conditions, desert cottontails must be adequate thermoregulators to minimize water loss during the hotter seasons and require shaded areas of their environment to conduct evaporative water loss through thermal heat transfer. In open-desert areas, they can withstand for a short period with extremely high temperatures of around 45 °C and have a large evaporative water loss capacity of around 1.5% body mass/hour, though cottontails can withstand longer in an ideal environment with shaded areas. To cope with evaporative heat loss, they do panting and undergo changes in production of their basal metabolic rate in relation to the ambient temperature of the environment. Ears of desert cottontails make up 14% of their body size and may help with thermoregulation. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_cottontail )

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10 Comments

  1. Cute. Remind me of the Vizcacha (green rabbit), whixch we saw in the Atacama Desert in Chile. I wonder if they’re related.

    • You are very welcome I really enjoyed your post. Thank you for stopping by and checking out my work . Happy Blogging! 🙂

  2. “To cope with evaporative heat loss, they do painting…”???

    Oh – PANTING! – i thought that didn’t sound quite right! 😉

    I’m guessing they are not close to your home?

    From a distance it almost looks like you are peeking out from the hole on the left!!! 🙂 🙂

    Nice Shot!

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