Hares are distinguished from rabbits by a larger body, longer legs, and shallow camouflaged nests above ground (not burrows). Only hares occur in the wild in Jordan. The Arabian hare has a grayish-brown coat, white underparts, large ears for dissipating body heat, and long hind legs for leaping and running.
Mainly nocturnal and crepuscular. Fast runner. Solitary, except in mating season when females box and fight off males.
Succulent grasses and shrubs.
There are two subspecies in Jordan. The Lepus capensis arabicus occurs in deserts, including the Azraq region, central Jordan, and the Jafr basin. The Lepus capensis syriacus is slightly larger with a lighter coat; it occurs in the Northern Highlands and the Dead Sea region.