Colorado Lagomorphs

Colorado is home to 8 species of lagomorphs – 1 pika, 3 hares, and 4 rabbits:

  • American Pika (Ochotona princeps)
  • Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus)
  • Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus)
  • White-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus townsendii)

    Baby White-tailed Jackrabbit

    Baby White-tailed Jackrabbit

  • Desert Cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii)
  • Mountain Cottontail (Sylvilagus nuttallii)
  • Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
  • Pygmy Rabbit (Brachylagus idahodensis) – recently found to reside in Colorado

More information about lagomorphs can be found here:

Animal Diversity Web: Lagomorpha
World Lagomorph Society
IUCN Lagomorph Specialist Group