Similar to the cottontail but has a generally larger size, proportionately shorter and rounder ears, coarser body fur with a yellowish cast (particularly to the rump) and more black mottling. The tops of hind feet are reddish brown. Overall color is dark grayish or yellowish brown above, with coarse black peppering or mottling. Underparts are white except for the chest, which is buffy gray. The back of the neck is slightly rusty.