A Field Guide to the Prairie

Photo? White-tailed Jackrabbit
Lepus townsendii
Length: ?? cm (?? in.)
Habitat/Range: They are found in the northern Great Plains from southern Canada to Utah to New Mexico, and from Oregon to Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. They prefer open grasslands.
Eating Habits: White-tailed jackrabbits eat grasses and forbs such as clover and alfalfa in the winter. However, in the summer, they eat buds, twigs, and bark.

This rabbit is quite large and changes color depending on the seasons. In the summer, White-tailed Jackrabbits are brownish gray on top and whitish below. Their tail is white and they have a little black patch on their ear. In the winter, these rabbits turn white but their black tipped ear remains colored.

They are both crepuscular and nocturnal. During the day, they may sit in the shade or just hide in the tallgrasses.

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