To avoid overheating, desert cottontails have higher activity periods at night, light-colored fur to minimize absorption of solar heat, and large ears, with blood vessels just below the skin level, that can radiate body heat to the air. When temperatures climb above eighty degrees Fahrenheit, the cottontails’ activity level decreases significantly.
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