Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52611

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Lagomorpha
Family:Leporidae
Genus:Lepus
Genus species:Lepus townsendii

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:40-76 cm
Weight:1.3-5 kg
Identification:The white-tailed jackrabbit has gray-brown fur, a white tail, a slender body, and long pointed ears that are held erect.
Habitat:Dry grasslands
Diet:Herbivore: grasses, grain, crops, young trees
Reproduction:Jackrabbits breed throughout the year, with multiple litters being very common. The gestation period lasts 42 days, which ends with the birth of 3-6 young. The average litter size is four.
There is little social interaction between individuals.
Behavior:The white-tailed jackrabbit is nocturnal. It does not burrow in the soil, but rather it makes a tunnel deep in snow or bushes.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:When running, the white-tailed jackrabbit can clear 17 feet and has been clocked at 40 miles per hour.

Other Information

Geographic:North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:White-tailed jackrabbit
lagomorph
rabbit
Jackrabbits
Lepus
Leporidae
Lagomorpha
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata