black-tailed jackrabbit

Like other jackrabbits, the Blacktail has distinctive long ears, and the long, powerful rear legs characteristic of hares. Reaching a length of about two feet (60 cm), and a weight from three to six pounds (1.5 and 4 kg), the Black-tailed Jackrabbit is the third largest North American hare, second only to the Antelope Jackrabbit and the White-tailed Jackrabbit. The Black-tailed Jackrabbit's dorsal fur is agouti (dark buff peppered with black), and its undersides and the insides of its legs are creamy white. The ears are black-tipped on the outer surface, and unpigmented inside. The ventral surface of the tail is grey to white, and the black dorsal surface of the tail continues up the spine for a few inches to form a short, black stripe.

The Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus), also known as the Desert Hare, is a common hare of the western United States and Mexico, where it is found at elevations from sea level to up to 10,000 feet (3000 m).


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