Where do swamp rabbits live?
Swamp rabbits inhabit many community types within bottomland hardwood forests, including cypress swamps, canebrakes, wetlands and floodplain/riparian areas. They benefit from large, contiguous patches of bottomland hardwood forest that contain ground cover for concealment from predators. They utilize both young BLH stands that contain a dense understory of tree seedlings and saplings, woody vines, shrubs and herbaceous vegetation, and mature BLH stands that have scattered patches of thick understory growth created by canopy gaps.
Being in close proximity to water is very important for swamp rabbits. They use water as an escape cover from predators and are considered semi-aquatic. The flooding this winter season (2016) allowed me multiple opportunities to observe these animals swimming. They are impressive swimmers, often crossing torrential and fast flowing streams quickly!