Physical feature: The' average adult body attains more than 4 kg (1 .3-7 kg). The general colour pattern is grayish brown to yellow upper coat and lighter or white
under coat throughout the year. The fur colour of northern altitude species is
usually greyish brown in summer and white in winter. The desert hare is sandy
yellow in colour. The rufous-tailed hare has black patches on the back and face.
The black-napped hare has a dorsal blackish brown patch on the back running
from neck to shoulder, and the upper part of this is black. The morphological
features of these animals include slender bodies, long hind legs, long ears and
short tails. Most species have black ear tips. The total number of teeth is 28 (I: 2/
1; C: 0/0; PM: 3/2; M: 3/3).
Reproduction: Sexual maturity attains at 7 to 8 months or more. The litter may consist of 1-9 young (leverets) depending on the species. The young are born after a gestation period of 40 to 42 days. The fully furred young have their eyes open at birth. The black-napped hare breeds mainly between October and February.
Behaviour: Most hares are solitary and nocturnal. They live on the surface.
Life span: The life span is recorded up to 12 years.