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Arctic Hare

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Arctic Hare
Arctic Hare (Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada)
Arctic hare, Lepidus arcticus (Quttinirpaaq National Park)
Arctic hair (summer fur), Ukkusiksalik National Park, Nunavut, Canada
Arctic Hare (Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada)
The Arctic hare is found in the northern regions of the Arctic Circle, predominantly in Northern America, Europe, Greenland and the North Pole.

The Arctic hare has thick, white fur which allows it to continue inhabiting the Arctic regions successfully, in warmth and camouflage. The Arctic hare eats shoots, buds and berries found amongst the snow.

The Arctic hare is a vital component in the Arctic circle food chain, being one of the few smaller mammals able to thrive in such a harsh environment. The Arctic hare is therefore common prey for bigger animals of the Arctic tundra, such as Arctic wolves, foxes and polar bears.

The Arctic hare is always white in the far north where there is snow all year round. In parts of the Arctic circle that have seasons, the Arctic hare will go from white to a blue-grey colour in the summer but is known to keep its white tail all year.

The Arctic hare lives in groups of around 200 Arctic hare individuals. These large groups of Arctic hare will often work together to achieve what is needed for their survival as the Arctic hares huddle together to conserve heat and to keep them warm.

The Arctic hare has long claws which helps the Arctic hare when digging through icy and snowy conditions when the Arctic hare is searching for food or if the Arctic hare is digging a den.

The Arctic hare can achieve very fast speeds when the Arctic hare feels threatened. If the Arctic hare senses danger, the Arctic hare will stand on its hind legs and survey the area. If the Arctic hare feels threatened, the Arctic hare is capable of taking off at very fast speeds as the Arctic hare moves by hopping off its back legs in a similar way to a kangaroo.

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Arctic Hare Translations

Catalan Català
Llebre polar
Czech Cesky
Zajíc polární
German Deutsch
English English
Arctic Hare
Esperanto Esperanto
Arkta leporo
Spanish Español
Lepus arcticus
Finnish Suomi
French Français
Lièvre arctique
Italian Italiano
Lepus arcticus
Latin Latina
Lepus arcticus
Maltese bil-Malti
Liebru tal-Artiku
Dutch Nederlands
Polish Polski
Zając polarny
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Arctic Hare Facts

Five groups that classify all living things...
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
A group of animals within a pylum...
A group of animals within a class...
A group of animals within an order...
A group of animals within a family...
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Lepus Arcticus
The animal group that the species belongs to...
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
48cm - 67cm (19in - 26in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
4kg - 5kg (9lbs - 12lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
64km/h (40mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
3 - 8 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
White, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Favourite Food:Grass
The specific area where the animal lives...
Tundra and rocky areas
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Grass, Willow, Flowers
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Snowy Owl, Fox, Wolf
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Thick fur that changes colour with seasons

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