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order Lagomorpha - family Leporidae
Cottontail: There are 16 species, all native to the America's. Rabbits are born blind and hairless. Most dig burrows and live in communities.
Jackrabbit (hare): There are many species of American hares. None are domesticated. They do not live in communities or dig burrows. Their babies are born with hair and open eyed so can run soon after being born.
Black-tailed Jackrabbit Lepus californicus
We have quite a few of these on our property. They usually come in twos.
Photo taken in Taylor County, August 2007
(Native of Texas)
Other Species in My Area
Desert Cottontail Sylvilagus audubonii
Similar to Eastern Cottontail, except, ears are larger and carried erect, lighter color. Less of a social animal and does not always dig a burrow.
Eastern Cottontail Sylvilagus floridanus
Chunky rabbit with red-brown fur (grayer in winter), white underside fur, large hind feet, long ears.