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Snowshoe Hare

 
Scientific Name: Lepus americanus
Conservation Status: Least concern
Natural Location: North America
 

The Snowshoe Hare has specially adapted rear feet for walking and running on the snow. Their rear feet have a larger than normal surface area which helps them stay on top of the snow surface. This is where the name Snowshoe comes from.

The Snowshoe Hare's fur changes color with the seasons. In the winter it is solid white so that it blends into the snow. In the summer everything except for its belly turns brown so that it blends in better with the ground. Because of this ability to change colors so drastically it is also known as the Varying Hare. Even when their fur is completely white there are small areas of black fur at the very tip of their ears.

 
 
 
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