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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Rabbits?

(Photo courtesy of John Sullivan)

That time of year is upon us, when the local forest preserves and your yards could quite literally be littered with rabbits and their offspring.

Locally, you'll be coming across the Eastern cottontail, one of 13 species of cottontail rabbits found in North America. They're prolific breeders and, according to one estimate, one mating pair could result in 350,000 descendants in five years. That is, if the pair and all of their offspring lived for five years and reproduced at an average rate. 

Thankfully, Mother Nature has enough checks and balances in place to prevent that from happening. Otherwise, we'd all be living in a world similiar to that of Japan's "Rabbit Island." 


Talk about a nightmare scenario.

Cottontail rabbits are abundant in Illinois and you don't have to look too hard to see one. But how much do you really know about them?

Take our quiz to find out and potentially learn a few new things.

Note: If on a mobile device, click here to take the quiz.

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