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Black-tailed Jackrabbit

Lepus californicus


The black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus), also known as the American 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 (3,000 m). Reaching a length of about 2 feet (61 cm), and a weight from 3 to 6 pounds (1.4 to 2.7 kg), the black-tailed jackrabbit is the third largest North American hare, after the antelope jackrabbit and the white-tailed jackrabbit. The black-tailed jackrabbits occupy mixed shrub-grassland terrains. Their breeding depends on the location; it typically peaks in spring, but may continue all year round in warm climates. Young are borne fully furred with eyes open; they are well camouflaged and are mobile within minutes of birth, thus females do not protect or even stay with the young except during nursing. The average litter size is around four, but may be as low as two and as high as seven in warm regions.


grassy area next to school

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CindyBinghamKeiser 6 years ago

Nice series and info, Donna

KarenL 6 years ago

Great shots!

alicelongmartin 6 years ago

Good picture, good information!

San Mateo, California, USA

Lat: 37.54, Long: -122.25

Spotted on Apr 23, 2012
Submitted on Apr 23, 2012

Spotted for mission

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