Black-Tailed Jackrabbit facts (Lepus californicus)

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Black-Tailed Jackrabbit
Lepus californicus

 

Jackrabbits are actually hares, not rabbits. Hares are larger than rabbits, and they typically have taller hind legs and longer ears. Jackrabbits were named for their ears, which initially caused some people to refer to them as “jackass rabbits.” The writer Mark Twain brought this name to fame by using it in his book of western adventure, f-jack-rabbit-tracks-4leggers-comRoughing It. The name was later shortened to jackrabbit.

DESCRIPTION:
There are five species of jackrabbits, all found in central and western North America. They are speedy animals capable of reaching 40 miles (64 kilometers) an hour, and their powerful hind legs can propel them on leaps of more than ten feet (three meters). They use these leaps and a zigzag running style to evade their many predators.

According to the IUCN this species is considered LEAST CONCERN (lowest threat level).
According to the IUCN this species is considered LEAST CONCERN (lowest threat level).

APPEARANCE:
Elongated ears and brown or tan fur.

LENGTH:
2 feet (0.6 m)

WEIGHT:
3-9 lbs (1.4-4 kg)

LIFE SPAN:
1-5 years

THREAT LEVEL:
Least concern

HABITAT:
plains and farmlands, though they also inhabit wooded areas

f-jack-rabbit-4leggers-comDIET:
Black-tailed jackrabbits are common in American deserts, scrublands, and other open spaces, including farms. They can consume very large quantities of grasses and plants—including desert species such as sagebrush and cacti.

SIGNS OF PRESENCE:
They are prolific eaters and can consume over a pound (0.5 kilograms) of grasses, shrubs, or bark each day. Booming jackrabbit populations can cause problems for farmers, especially in light of the animals’ healthy appetite. Jackrabbits are often killed for crop protection, but in general their populations are stable and not in need of protection.

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