Black-Tailed Jack Rabbit
(Lepus californicus)

HABITAT: The black-tailed jackrabbit is common throughout the Western United States and Mexico. These spry little creatures are often found in deserts and prairies, but are also found in open urban areas with sparse plant life.  They are not burrowing rabbits, but rather rest in dug-out areas, usually under a bush or plant of some kind.

DIET: Grasses, leaves, twigs, and berries make up the bulk of the jackrabbit’s diet.

PREDATORS: Black-tailed jackrabbits can be prey for red-tailed hawks, owls, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, snakes, and dogs.

FUN FACTS: Black-tailed jackrabbits drink very little water. They get most of their water from their food! These jackrabbits also can make quick getaways from predators – they can reach speeds of 35 mph and can hop as far as 19 feet in a single hop!


Photo by Rick Lewis