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Arctic Hare
(Lepus arcticus)


    The Arctic Hare is located in extreme northern Canada
    and various parts of Greenland.


    The Arctic Hare's diet consists of buds, berries, twigs,
    mosses, woody plants and other types of vegetation that
    can be found in the tundra.     


    Arctic Hares can be found in various tundra areas of
    Greenland and northern Canada.  They will sometimes
    forage shelters in the snow to help them survive the
    extremely cold temperatures of the tundra.       

Size and Description

    The average length of an Arctic Hare is about 20 - 26
    inches.  Their weight will usually be between 8 and 14
    pounds.  Arctic Hares have an all white coat in the
    winter, and in the summer the coat may change to a blue-
    gray or gray-brown coat.  Arctic Hares have large hind
    feet that enable them to move very quickly across the
    snow.  They also have claws that help them to dig
    through the snow when looking for mosses or other
    vegetation to eat.       


    Arctic Hares will mate in early spring and the female will
    give birth to a litter usually in June or early July.     
IUCN Status:
Lower Risk /
Least Concern
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Lagomorpha
Family: Leporidae
Genus: Lepus
Species: arcticus
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