Tail + Ears = Black-tailed Jackrabbit. Burst out of the bushes so fast, I barely had time to get my camera up, with no time to frame or focus.
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habitat: Edwards Plateau location: Edwards county 10 miles North of Rocksprings soil: EcF- Eckrant Rock complex, PeB Prade-Eckrant complex and TeA Tarrant-Eckrant complex Limestone with cobbly silty clay soil layer. elevation ~2300' oak spp.,Texas Persimmon and yaupon thickets. Open areas primarily Prickly Pear, Agarita and Optunia leptocaulis. Grazed by cattle, whitetailed deer and Axis deer. Dug pond and water troughs with year around water.
Saw from car just before dawn along road - jackrabbit coming off Fort Worth Prairie habitat.
The black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus), also known as the American desert hare, is a common hare of the western United States and Mexico, where it is found at elevations from sea level to up to 10,000 feet (3,000 m). Reaching a length of about 2 feet (61 cm), and a weight from 3 to 6 pounds (1.4 to 2.7 kg), the black-tailed jackrabbit is the third largest North American hare, after the antelope jackrabbit and the white-tailed jackrabbit. The black-tailed jackrabbits...