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Pygmy Rabbit Burrow

Great Basin National Park

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Pygmy Rabbit Burrow
The pygmy rabbit is found throughout the Great Basin desert and into some adjacent areas. They are usually associated with tall stands of old growth big sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata) and thus, within the park, are most likely to be encountered in the lower elevations, from about 4,500 ft to 7,000 ft. They have a very distinctive alarm call, which may help them communicate with their neighbors in the dense sage. Predators include weasels, coyote, red fox, bobcat, and great horned owl.

Pygmy rabbits are shy and active at night. They dig their own burrows, and usually do not move more than 30 yards away from their burrow. They are the smallest member of the genus Brachylagus, with an average length of 11.5 inches. They look a great deal like cottontail rabbits, but have no white tail.


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