8.23.2008

Cottontail

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Yeah, you're looking at the picture thinking, "Such a cute bunny...chewing on some grass."

I'm thinking, "Wow, I wish I could get a better look at the fat ole tick on that cottontail's neck. Wonder if it's a rabbit tick?" Don't see the tick? Look closely at the lower edge of that cinnamon patch -- you'll see a little gray lump with a dark spot in its center.

Cottontail, Sylvilagus floridanus

13 comments:

Susan said...

I clicked on the photo to get a good view of the tick. Ewwwww... I hate the nasty things. The poor bunny looks a bit thin.

Do other animals rid them of parasites... like cattle egrets do for cows?

swamp4me said...

susan,
The rabbit wasn't particularly thin, I just happened to catch it in a stretched out position. I don't know of any animals that would help a rabbit rid itself of parasites -- bet this one wishes there was one though!

Hugh said...

I believe I'm also one of your "faithful few," and I read Roundrock Journal too, and based on posts from both of you, I can only conclude that there are far too many ticks in the southeastern United States. Do you have to douse yourself in DEET every day?

Floridacracker said...

"floridanus"
What are you doing with our bunny?

You're right, I was thinking cute bunny.

swamp4me said...

hugh,
Yep, we are a trifle ticky hereabouts :) Showering in DEET is one option, but I prefer to spray my clothes thoroughly with permanone and let them dry. Works well and doesn't give me a headache.

FC,
Don't know how that bunny got here, must have floated up our way on the overflow from Fay ;)

Dani said...

That is a beautiful header pic! Do you have brown widows as well as black widows in your woods? I see more of the brown anymore and was just wondering.

swamp4me said...

dani,
Thanks. The picture was taken at one of my favorite places on earth :)
We don't have brown widows here. We do have two species of black widow, though.

Anonymous said...

Swampy-

Your powers of observation never cease to amaze me. Who would have focused in on a tick? Only you. Tomorrow I start my journey west. I hate shutting down so early in the season but the Crane Conference calls me. I'm calling this my last hurrah in the RV what with the price of gas. Planning on visiting as much of the midwest and central plains states before heading to Texas. Have a great move into the new abode!

Maineiac

Anonymous said...

Swampy-

PS forgot to tell you that banana boxes make great moving boxes! I assume that the two young cubs will come help the old folks move into their new house!

swamp4me said...

Maineiac,
Man, where has the summer gone? We are really hoping to make it up your way next year -- a summer without a trip to your little corner of Maine just isn't complete :)
And yes, the "boys" have agreed to come help the old folks with the heavy lifting. The guest rooms are upstairs, so it is in their best interests to come move beds up there!
Safe travels on your trip west and south. Enjoy!

thingfish23 said...

Did you see the photo I posted some time back with the deer covered in ticks? Yowza.

http://tamingoftheband-aid.blogspot.com/2007/10/um-cute-yeah.html

Remember your DEET, swampy.

premenopaws said...

I just love it when I take a photo and later find something unexpected like this! Great shot.

swamp4me said...

tf23,
Nothing like seeing Bambi with ears full of ticks! I have a similar photo of a deer near the office - big fat ticks surrounding both of her eyes. Ick.

premenopaws,
It is fun to find the little hidden things! By the way, I have been trying unsuccessfully to leave a couple of comments on your site -- the toad post was great and the cave was cool.