A member of the Cottontail family but with smaller legs and ears. They live in swamps and marshes.
Usually they stay in the grasses and reeds making a clean photograph hard to get.
Nearby Alligators didn’t seem to bother him at all. Not a good survival technique.
I have seen a few more than usual lately so I assume these are the first born of the season. They will have several litters during spring, summer.