Arctic Hares

Helen Davies


Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Lagomorpha

Family: Leporidae


Species: Arcticus

Endangered status: Least Concern

Size: 19-26 inches

Weight: 9-12 pounds


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Arctic hares live in herds from a couple dozen to a couple thousand. They often huddle together to keep warm. However, during mating season they will disperse.


They mostly live up in the arctic circle where there is snow all year. However, they do live in a couple places where the snow melts, and they sport a light brownish grey coat to match the color of the rocks.


During the spring and summer their diet is much more varied, they will eat berries, shoots, bark, and the buds of flowers. During the winter, they eat moss, lichen, and woody plants that last through the winter.


Hares can run very fast when they feel like there might be an enemy. they can even run at top speeds of 40 miles an hour.


Arctic hares are related to other Hares and Rabbits

Fun fact

They are not normally preyed on by animals due to their size.