Black-tailed jackrabbit

Trick question, is a black-tailed jackrabbit a rabbit or a hare? The answer is a hare!

Jim Harper

Black-tailed jackrabbits have dark buff fur peppered with black on the back and creamy white on the underside and inside of their limbs. They also have long ears with black tips on the outer surface, a black tail on the upper side, and grey to white on the underside. Long and powerful rear legs are the characteristics of a hare.

They forage at night, and their diet consists of grasses, shrubs, and forbs. When they encounter potential threats, they will run in a zigzag pattern and flash the white underside of their tails to confuse the predator and warn other jackrabbits.


Population est.
United States

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No