white-tailed jackrabbit

(Lepus townsendii)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

 

Habitat

Open grassy areas

Lifespan

5 to 8 years

Size

Total length: 22 to 25

Head and body: 18 to 22

Tail: 2½ to 4


Identification

This is the largest member of the rabbit or hare family (Leporidae) in Minnesota.

In summer, the fur is brownish-gray above and white or pale gray below. In winter the fur is white or pale gray except for a black patch at the tip of each ear.

The tail is usually white above and below, sometimes mostly white above and white below.

 
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Similar
Species

Eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) is much smaller, no more than 19 in total length including the tail. It does not turn white in winter.

Snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus) is smaller, no more than 20 in total length including the tail. The tail is dark above and white below. It inhabits woods, thickets, and coniferous swamps and bogs.


Food

A large variety of grasses, forbs, and shrubs in summer. Bark and twigs if woody plants and coniferous foliage in winter.

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

They are active at night (nocturnal) and in twilight (crepescular).


Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 7, 15, 29, 72, 76.


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Taxonomy

Order:

Lagomorpha (hares, pikas, and rabbits)

 

Family:

Leporidae (rabbits and hares)

 
Subordinate Taxa

white-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus townsendii campanius)

white-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus townsendii townsendii)

 
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Common
Names

white-tailed jack rabbit

white-tailed jackrabbit


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  White-Tailed Jackrabbit
ajweiss23
 
   
 
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Published on May 24, 2015

My friend and I did this for our biology project

 
     

 

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  Whitetail Jackrabbit (Leporidae: Lepus townsendii) Close-up
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Sep 5, 2009

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (05 September 2009).

 
     
  Prairie Life: Hide-and-Seek
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Published on Feb 17, 2015

A brief peek at a winter-pelage White-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus townsendii). Photographed at East Grand Forks, Minnesota (17 February 2015).

 
     
  Whitetail Jackrabbit (Leporidae: Lepus townsendi) Defensive Posture
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Sep 5, 2009

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (05 September 2009).

 
     
  Trapping white tailed jackrabbits 2
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Published on Feb 14, 2014

Another one in a snare

 
     

 

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