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Snowshoe Hare

Lepus americanus


Average size: 2 - 5 lbs. / 13 - 18 inches

Average lifespan: Up to 3 years

Range/distribution Map

Habitat description: Snowshoe Hare can be found throughout Canada and Alaska, though a few rare sightings have occurred further south in higher elevation regions. They are largely forest dwellers, preferring dense bush areas.

Behavior: Snowshoe Hares are nimble and quick, as well as incredibly skittish. They feed primarily at night, and eat a variety of trees, shrubs, grass, and other plants.

Current news/event & conservation status: Currently, Snowshoe Hare are listed as "Least Concern". Their biggest threat comes from predators such as Lynx, Coyotes, and Fox.

Fun Fact

Snowshoe Hare's fur changes color from brown in the summer to white in the winter!