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Desert Dwelling Blacktail Jackrabbits: Can't A Fella Get Some Privacy?

Jackrabbit Family: Mike in Tucson

Gettin' ready for a dustbath: Mike in Tucson

Digging a dustbath: Mike in Tucson

Taking a dustbath: Mike in Tucson

Aaahh!  Nothing like a dustbath:  Mike in Tucson

Desert dustbath: Mike in Tucson

Whoa!  Whozzat?!  Mike in Tucson

Jackrabbits!  These desert animals sit two feet high, and half of that is ears.  They live in families, and their main concern is watching out for predators like Cara-Caras and Coyotes.

Cara Cara: Mike in TucsonEDIT:  The last six photos are a sequence, and that's the same jackrabbit in each photo.  He's creating a dust bath, rolling over in it, and then I surprised him. 

Jackrabbits got their name from those big ears. Dubbed "Jackass Rabbits" by Mark Twain in his book Roughing It, (according to National Geographic's website,) the name has been shortened to Jackrabbit.

Actually, they are not rabbits at all.  They're hares.  These desert dwellers are Blacktail Jackrabbits, and can weigh up to 9 pounds.  They can run at speeds of up to 40 mph, and jump more 10' in a single leap.

The Cara Cara on the right is an eagle, indigenous to Mexico, and it's the one you will see on the Mexican Flag.

(My camera was set to take sequence bursts of three photos at a time.)

 

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