The jackrabbit gets its name from its long ears, which resemble those of a jackass, or donkey. Though it was originally called a “jackass rabbit,” this animal’s name has long since been shortened to “jackrabbit.” The jackrabbit is a hare, and not a true rabbit.
It has longer ears and longer legs than a rabbit. This large hare can run up to 45 miles an hour to escape its enemies. While running it often makes great leaps, or “spy hops,” as if to check on the pursuer. Jackrabbits hide most of the day, and come out at night to eat plants and farm crops.–Dick Rogers