Omilteme Cottontail: 15 Facts You Won’t Believe!

Omilteme cottontail facts on endemic to the mountain range of Sierra Madre del Sur.

There are a total of 29 species of rabbits in the world. There are 20 species of cottontail rabbits. Omilteme cottontail Sylvilagus insonus is a cottontail rabbit endemic to the state of Guerrero, Mexico in the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range. These rabbits are medium-sized species and are primarily herbivores. Sylvilagus insonus belong to the genus Sylvilagus and subgenus Tapeti. Their conservation status is not evaluated by the IUCN red list.

Omilteme cottontail's conservation status is not evaluated by the IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species. Omilteme cottontail rabbit species were declared endangered in 1990, after which conservation of Mexican mammals was initiated. The Omiltemi State Ecological Park is dedicated to protecting the rights of such species. Omilteme cottontail Sylvilagus insonus are nocturnal and are largely solitary beings and come together during mating season. They are less social as compared to other species of animals and largely shy beings.  For more relatable content, check out European rabbit facts and Rhinelander rabbit facts.  

Omilteme Cottontail

Fact File

What do they prey on?


What do they eat?


Average litter size?


How much do they weigh?

6.61 lb (3 kg)

How long are they?

15.35 in (39 cm)

How tall are they?


What do they look like?

Dark Brown, Black

Skin Type


What are their main threats?

Hawks, Eagles, Rattlesnakes, Owls

What is their conservation status?

Not Evaluated

Where you'll find them

Pine oak forests


Guerrero Mexico





Scientific Name

Sylvilagus insonus





Omilteme Cottontail Interesting Facts

What type of animal is an omilteme cottontail?

The omilteme cottontail, Sylvilagus insonus, is a type of rabbit which belongs to the kingdom Animalia, order Lagomorpha, and genus Sylvilagus.

What class of animal does an omilteme cottontail belong to?

The omilteme cottontail, Sylvilagus insonus, belongs to the class Mammalia, family Leporidae, and genus Sylvilagus.  

How many omilteme cottontails are there in the world?

The omilteme cottontail's exact population is not estimated, however, most of Omilteme cottontail's population is constituted in one region, the mountain ranges of Sierra Madre del Sur in Guerrero, Mexico, which is less than 500 sq km in size. Sylvilagus insonus from north America. Omilteme cottontails population size has been impacted due to poaching and habitat destruction. Leporids another popular cottontail rabbit is listed as not extinct by the IUCN Red List.

Where does an omilteme cottontail live?

Omilteme cottontails live in mountain ranges, dense forests in pine-oak forests in the woods. Omilteme cottontail resides in burrows similar to other rabbit species.

What is an omilteme cottontail's habitat?

Omilteme cottontail Sylvilagus insonus habitat exists in elevations of 1.3-1.9 miles (2,133-3048 m) elevations. Omilteme cottontail primarily resides in burrows and consumes a herbivorous diet for which they close to forest and mountain ranges.

Who do omilteme cottontails live with?

Omilteme cottontails are solitary beings and live in semi-isolated mountain ranges and live in their burrows for the most part they come out only in the night hours to avoid attacks from any predators. Omilteme cottontail enjoys the company of other species their own kind as well.

How long does an omilteme cottontail live?

Omilteme cottontail has been recorded to live up to two years. They are estimated to live less than the mountain cottontail who may live up to seven years in captivity. Mountain cottontails are classified as of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

How do they reproduce?

Little information exists about the reproduction/mating habits of omilteme cottontails. Other species of cottontail have similar reproductive styles. Females need stimulation and copulation to ovulate. Breeding is seasonal for species is from March to August. The juvenile rabbit is kept in underground burrows until they are independent and live by themselves which is after two weeks.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of the Omilteme cottontail is listed as Not Evaluated by the International Union For Conservation Of Nature IUCN red list of Threatened species. The Omilteme cottontail rabbit is expected to be classified in the critically endangered list since they too face an increased risk of extinction. New England cottontail is considered to be critically endangered with only 13,000 left in New England.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species contains information related to the conservation of animals specifically critically endangered species. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species also has a range map that provides access to where such species are concentrated most.

Omilteme Cottontail Fun Facts

What do omilteme cottontail look like?

Omilteme cottontail is a cute rabbit that has fur all over its body and its upper parts are dark blackish brown with a white belly and average-sized hind feet.
*Please note that this is an image of a Common cottontail, not an Omilteme cottontail. If you have an image of an Omilteme cottontail please let us know at

Omilteme cottontails have average size hind feet and are reddish-black. They belong to the genus Sylvilagus. Omilteme cottontails have dark-colored long ears, and a small face with two dark eyes. They have strong tooth rows to bite through grass and other herbivorous matter. Sylvilagus insonus have a cute nose with whiskers around the same although these are scarce in number.

Their distinct reddish-black coat and fur are mixed colors. Omilteme cottontails have a white belly and light underparts. Sylvilagus insonus feet have black soles and white tops. They are white on the dorsal side. Their back is red to dark brown in color. They have a large skull with two extensions consisting of upper incisors.

How cute are they?

Omilteme cottontail rabbits are cute species of rabbit. The omilteme cottontail rabbit is small to medium size. Omilteme cottontail rabbits, Sylvilagus insonus, are shy beings and won't socialize easily. The pygmy rabbit is the smallest rabbit and is also considered to be cute owing to its size.  

How do they communicate?

Omilteme cottontail rabbits, Sylvilagus insonus, have good communication channels. Cottontail rabbits communicate via sounds as well as calls and body language. Sylvilagus insonus have distress calls and are known to squeal during mating and grunt if they come across any intruders.

How big is an omilteme cottontail?

Omilteme rabbit Sylvilagus insonus is 15.35 in (39 cm) in length.

How fast can an omilteme cottontail run?

Omilteme cottontails have the ability to move at a good speed. Cottontails are quick to reach back into their deep burrows if they sense any predators. The snowshoe hare is considered the fastest rabbit breed with a speed of 45 mph (72 kph). The snowshoe hare is considered as of Least Concern by the IUCN red list.

How much does an omilteme cottontail weigh?

Omilteme cottontail weighs 6.61 lb (3 kg). The heaviest rabbit in the world is named Ralph and weighs 55 lb (25kg).

What are the male and female names of the species?

Male Omilteme cottontail is called a buck and female Omilteme cottontail is called a doe.

What would you call a baby omilteme cottontail?

A baby omilteme cottontail is called a kitten.

What do they eat?

The omilteme cottontail is primarily herbivores. They eat grasses, roots, shoots, young leaves, and other similar foods. During the winter months, they feed on twigs and other similar substances available in the woody vegetation.

Are they poisonous?

No, cottontail species are not poisonous.

Would they make a good pet?

No, these species are wild beings and thrive best in their natural environment. This cottontail rabbit is constituted primarily in one region hence it's difficult to spot them.

Did you know...

Global Wildlife Conservation, a venture started by Leonardo DiCaprio, is an initiative aimed at increasing the diversity and conservation of animals.

University of Oklahoma Press is a North American journal that published a paper on cottontail rabbits which is available online and has detailed information about the species. Other popular research papers published in the field are written by authors like Cervantes F., who wrote a paper entitled 'The Omilteme Cottontail Is Not Extinct' and is available online.

The Mexican cottontail is one of the largest members of its genus. The Mexican cottontail is similar in appearance to other cottontail rabbits. Mexican cottontails are listed as of Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. The IUCN red list consists of the conservation status of other species as well which you could access online to find out more.

Do cottontail rabbits mate for life?

No, they don't mate for life. They are not monogamous and may mate with multiple mates throughout their lifetime. The cottontail rabbit breeds in the months of spring and fall. They mate through the sexual reproduction mating system and give birth to the kittens in burrows.

Are cottontail rabbits social?

They are largely shy beings and seldom seen out in the open. They don't ideally like being in groups and prefer being solitary. Their temperament is social toward other species of their own kind. They become social only when they are raising their young. They are less social but are good communicators. They are constituted in one region which makes them rare to spot. Did you know that cottontail rabbits have 360-degree vision? This is especially helpful to spot possible predators like hawks, eagles, rattlesnakes, and owls.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals from our pygmy hedgehog facts and Atlantic right whale facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Omilteme cottontail coloring pages.

*Please note that the main image is of a common cottontail, not an omilteme cottontail. If you have an image of an omilteme cottontail please let us know at



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