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Desert Rabbits - Cottontail and Jack Rabbit
Take a look at the Desert Cottontail, named after its cottony-ball-shaped tail, and the Jack Rabbit, a true hare because, unlike the cottontailed rabbits, they do not build nests. The mother simply chooses a place to her liking and the young are born fully furred, with their eyes wide open.
Rat-sized rodents with short, mostly hairless tails, minute eyes and ears, gophers weigh six to eight ounces and range in color from pale gray to russet to black. Their lips close behind their large front teeth, which lets them dig without getting a mouthful of soil. On each side of the mouth is an external, fur-lined storage pouch. Watch one digging on this video!
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