The Order Lagomorpha includes rabbits, hares, and pikas. These small to medium mammals look very similar to rodents, but they have several distinct differences. Like rodents, they lack canine teeth. However, in addition to the pair of large chisel-shaped incisors visible at the front of their mouth, they have a second pair directly behind the first. They have large hind feet, long ears, and a short fuzzy tail. They are herbivores and feed on a wide variety of vegetation. There are only two families, with 65 species world-wide. Four of the 6 species found in the southeastern United States occur in Georgia.
Species in this family:
Appalachian Cottontail (Sylvilagus obscurus )
Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
Marsh Rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris)
Swamp Rabbit (Sylvilagus aquaticus)