Hare is the name of a large number of species of leporids belonging to the genus Lepus, distinguished from rabbits by their longer ears and legs, and by their habits. They do not burrow, but lie up in a clearing in the grass called a form, in which the young are born covered with hair and with the eyes open. Hares are nearly universal in distribution, occurring even in the far north, where they turn white in winter, but are not native to Australia, or Madagascar. One of the best-known species of hares in the United States is called the jackrabbit.