Arctic Hares

Helen Davies

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Lagomorpha

Family: Leporidae

Genus:Lepus

Species: Arcticus

Endangered status: Least Concern

Size: 19-26 inches

Weight: 9-12 pounds

Basics

Social Interactions

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.

Habitat

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.

Diet

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.

Movement

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.

Relations

Arctic hares are related to other Hares and Rabbits

Fun fact

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