5 Interesting Facts About Arctic Hares

Arctic Hare

Here is an Arctic hare running away from a predator.

Recently I had a request for a post about Arctic hares.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. Compared with other rabbits and hares, Arctic hares are quite large, growing up to 70 cm long.
  2. They are well suited to their cold environment, with smaller ears than most other rabbits so that they don’t lose too much heat, thick fur to keep out the cold and large padded paws to help them walk on snow.
  3. Arctic hares that live in warmer areas replace their thick white winter coat with a short grey-brown coat in summer.
  4. They mostly eat woody plants, shrubs, grass and lichen, but unlike most other hares, they will also eat fish and carrion if they can.
  5. Arctic hares live in the very cold areas of northern Greenland, Alaska and northern Canada.  They are quite common and are in no danger of extinction.  They are also an important source of food for a range of predators, including Arctic foxes, red foxes, grey wolves, Canada lynxes, ermines, snowy owls, gyrfalcons, peregrine falcons and rough-legged hawks.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Arctic hares?

Similar species:

Volcano Rabbit

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