Lepus californicus (Black-tailed Jackrabbit)
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Habitat: Grasslands, prairies, mesquite plains, pastures, and areas of cultivation.

Habits: This species is a hare, not a rabbit. Hares differ from rabbits in having precocial rather than altricial young and in using depressions rather than nests for giving birth. The diet includes grasses, herbs, sagebrush, and forbs. Jackrabbits are able to flee from predators at speeds of up to 60 kph (35 mph). They are active at dusk, and often gather in large groups to feed. Breeding primarily occurs in spring and summer. Litter size varies from two to four.


Artiodactyla
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Carnivora
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Chiroptera
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Didelphimorphia
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Insectivora
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Lagomorpha
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Rodentia
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Xenarthra
Scientific Names - Common Names

For more information, view the Mammalian Species account for this species.

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