Jackrabbits (Lepus californicus) are actually a type of hare and so share many of the hare's characteristics, from long ears to large, hairy hind feet. Jackrabbits live in dry areas with only sparse plant cover. This has benefited the species in the past. Overgrazing of the land by cattle in the arid south-west United States and Mexico has created an ideal habitat for jackrabbits.
Unlike other hares, jackrabbits make use of burrows. They do not dig their own, but they will modify underground shelters made by tortoises trying to escape the heat of the day.