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Lepus callotis

White-sided Jackrabbit

Order: Lagomorpha
Family: Leporidae

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Conservation Status: Near Threatened.


The White-sided Jackrabbit strongly prefers level ground to hills, and does not require shrubs for cover, but uses clumps or dense stands of grass instead. Grass also makes up more than 99 percent of its diet. Livestock grazing of native grasses most likely has contributed to the decline of this species. White-sided Jackrabbits tend to form male-female pairs, and the male will defend the pair from other males. The breeding season of the White-sided Jackrabbit runs from mid-April to mid-August. There are one to four offspring (usually two) in a litter. Predators include eagles, hawks, owls, foxes, and coyotes.

Also known as:
Gaillard Jackrabbit, Beautiful-eared Jackrabbit, Snow Sides

Sexual Dimorphism:
Females are larger than males.

Length:
Average: 529 mm males; 558 mm females
Range: 525-532 mm males; 541-575 mm females

Weight:
Average: 1,800 g males; 2,900 g females
Range: 1,500-2,200 g males; 2,500-3,200 g females

References:

Wagler, 1830.  Naturliches system der amphibien, mit vorangehender classification der saugthiere und vogel, p. 23.  J.G. Cottahehen Buchhandlung, Munich, Germany. 354 pp.

Links:

Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Lepus callotis

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