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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
Polarhase
 
English English
Arctic Hare
 
Esperanto Esperanto
Arkta leporo
 
Spanish Español
Lepus arcticus
 
Finnish Suomi
Napajänis
 
French Français
Lièvre arctique
 
Italian Italiano
Lepus arcticus
 
Latin Latina
Lepus arcticus
 
Maltese bil-Malti
Liebru tal-Artiku
 
Dutch Nederlands
Poolhaas
 
Polish Polski
Zając polarny
 
Portuguese Português
Lebre-ártica
 
Chinese 中文
北极兔
 

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Arctic Hare Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Lagomorpha
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Leporidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Lepus
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Lepus Arcticus
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Herbivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
48cm - 67cm (19in - 26in)
Weight:
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
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Herd
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
White, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Grass
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Tundra and rocky areas
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
6
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Grass, Willow, Flowers
Predators:
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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