Tag Archives: Lepus californicus

Dinner Guest

The ground around our ranch (near Lookout CA in Modoc County) has been covered in deep snow the last couple of weeks and temperatures the last four nights were below zero. This weather is very difficult on all of the … Continue reading

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Allen’s Rule

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There are three principal Ecographic Rules for terrestrial environments: Allen’s Rule, Gloger’s Rule and Bergmann’s Rule. Ecographic Rules are concerned with variations in traits (mainly morphological) of organisms over goegraphical gradients. Allen’s Rule was discussed previously. (see “Gloger’s Rule” 10-10-16) … Continue reading

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Adaptable

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Black-tailed jackrabbits (Lepus californicus) will eat almost any available green plant. Generally, jackrabbits eat more grasses and forbs (non-grass herbaceous flowering plants)  in the spring and summer while shrubs form the bulk of their winter diet. Recent heavy snows covered … Continue reading

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Reading the Snow

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Snow and frigid temperatures have inundated Big Valley CA, our home, recently. Leonard and I enjoy “reading the snow” to determine which animals wander through our pastures and the wildlife area on our property. We found the tracks of four … Continue reading

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Black-tailed Jackrabbit

Even though it has “rabbit” in its common name, the black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus) is a hare. What is the difference? Rabbits are born without fur with closed eyes and are totally helpless. At birth hares are fully furred with … Continue reading

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