Wonderful big rabbit...haha
In reality, rabbits and hares are different. The common names of some species also contribute to this confusion. Jackrabbits, for instance, are actually hares, whereas the rockhares and the hispid hare are rabbits. So, how do we actually tell the difference between the two groups?
Separating the two can be done by looking at the differences in size, life history, and preferred habitat. In general, rabbits are smaller and have shorter ears than hares. They are born without fur and with closed eyes after a gestation period of 30–31 days. Rabbits prefer to hide, rather than run, from their enemies. They prefer habitats composed of trees and shrubs, where they live in burrows dug into the soil. Hares, in contrast, are larger, and they are born fully developed with fur and open eyes after a gestation period lasting about 42 days. They are runners, preferring open-area habitats such as prairies, where they make their nests in small open depressions.