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The black-tailed jackrabbit
(Lepus californicus)
walrus
Description
They have distinctive long ears, and long, powerful rear legs. Their dorsal fur is agouti (dark buff peppered with black), and the undersides and the insides of their legs are creamy white. Their 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 females are larger than males.
Dimensions
They average from 18 to 26 inches in length, adding a tail from 1 to 4 inches. They weight from 3 to 6 pounds.
Diet
Their diet is composed of various shrubs, small trees, grasses and forbs.
Habitat & Range
They inhabit desert scrubland, prairies, farmlands, and dunes. They are found throughout the southwestern United States into Mexico, as far east as Missouri, north into Washington, Idaho, Colorado and Nebraska, and west to California and Baja California.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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