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Black-tailed Jackrabbit Lepus californicus


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Black-tailed Jackrabbit
credit: Pschemp/CCSA

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Family: Leporidae, Hares and Rabbits view all from this family

Description Black upper tail and ear tips. Upperparts and sides are brown to dark gray, underparts pale gray. Tail gray below and black above; black color may extend as a line up lower back. Long legs allow leaps of up to 2m vertically and 6m horizontally during escape maneuvers.

Dimensions 46-63cm, 5-11cm, 1.3-3.3kg

Habitat Cities, suburbs & towns, Meadows & fields, Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Grasslands & prairies, Deserts

Range Plains, Mid-Atlantic, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Southwest, Texas, California, Northwest

Discussion Mostly nocturnal. Will feed in groups in open pastures and rangeland. Introduced to many eastern states. Uses agricultural and range lands, especially areas with cacti and low shrubs, although complete elevation range is sea level to almost 4000m.