Everyone seems to know that our common wild rabbits are also called cottontails. The most common cottontail in our area is known as the eastern cottontail. The original rabbits in our area were the now very rare New England cottontails which have suffered habitat loss and competition from the introduced eastern cottontail.
Wild rabbits don't live very long, being a favored prey of many mammals and birds. This is probably one reason they are so famous for their reproductive abilities.
Mass Audubon has done a great job of putting together more information about the eastern cottontail rabbit and you can read it by clicking on the link.