Brownish gray, mixed with tawny: ears scarcely longer than the head: tail brown above, white beneath.

L. Cuniculus, Desm. Mammal, p. 348. Mem. Brit. An. p. 2J. Rabbet, Penn. Brit. Zool. vol. i. p. 104. pi. 10. no. 22. Shaw, Gen. Zool. vol. n. p. 204. pi. 162.

Dimensions

Length of the head and body sixteen inches; of the head three inches four lines; of the ears three inches six lines; of the tail three inches.

Description

Approaching the last species in general appearance, but with the ears and hind legs proportionably shorter : fur of a less ferruginous colour; the general tint brownish gray, or dusky brown, with the nape reddish; throat and abdomen white; ears gray, without the black spot at the extremity; tail dusky brown above, white beneath. In the domesticated state the colours vary extremely.

Resides in holes under ground. Like the Hare, comes abroad in the evening to feed. Still more prolific than that species, breeding repeatedly in the year, and producing from four to eight at a litter. Young blind and naked at birth.