For example swamp rabbits (Sylvilagus aquaticus
) deposit the majority of their pellets at latrines during breeding season, supporting the idea these latrines serve as territory indicators (Zollner et al., 1996).
Native rabbits are widely distributed across Georgia and are represented by the more abundant eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) and the less abundant swamp rabbit (Sylvilagus aquaticus
) and marsh rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris).
For example, we did not detect the eastern spotted skunk Spilogale putorius, long-tailed weasel Mustela frenata, blacktailed prairie dog Cynomys ludovicianus, or swamp rabbit Sylvilagus aquaticus
. These species were listed because of low abundance, fragmented distributions, or being at the periphery of their ranges; therefore, it is not surprising that they were not detected on our urban study areas.
The swamp rabbit (Sylvilagus aquaticus
) is a species that could benefit from cooperative habitat management by public agencies and private landowners.
We used radio telemetry to estimate fall/winter home range size for five adult swamp rabbits (Sylvilagus aquaticus
) in southwestern Indiana and northwestern Kentucky during the fall/winter months of 2007-2008, and compared that estimate to reported home range size estimates throughout the species' geographic range.
showed fall densities of 40 individuals/[km.sup.2] (0.4 individuals/ha) in Indiana, and S.
Therefore, data for woody plants with main stem diameters <1 cm were excluded from analyses because nutria (Myocastor coypus) and swamp rabbits (Sylvilagus aquaticus
), known to occur at study sites, forage on small woody saplings (Blair & Lauglinais 1960).
Wildlife agencies have been concerned about possible swamp rabbit (Sylvilagus aquaticus
) declines, however swamp rabbits have tended to be one of the least studied members of Sylvilagus.
ABSTRACT--The swamp rabbit (Sylvilagus aquaticus
) is one of the least studied North American lagomorphs, and little data on nest construction and litter size are available for wild populations.
Although most flowering stalks began to produce fruits, intense predation, probably by swamp rabbits, Sylvilagus aquaticus
, prevented us from accurately estimating fruit set.
Characteristic vertebrates include the swamp rabbit (Sylvilagus aquaticus
(Bachman), (very rare in Indiana), plus such reptilian species that are rare in Indiana as the eastern mud turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum (Lacepede)), and the cottonmouth moccasin (Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma (Troost)) (Abrell 1997).
Plants cut by wild swamp rabbits (Sylvilagus aquaticus
) were noted in the Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana during summer 1994 and winter 1995.