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Arctic Hare

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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: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

Arctic Hare Location

Map of Arctic Hare Locations
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Arctic Hare

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.

Arctic Hare Translations

Català
Llebre polar
Cesky
Zajíc polární
Deutsch
Polarhase
English
Arctic Hare
Esperanto
Arkta leporo
Español
Lepus arcticus
Suomi
Napajänis
Français
Lièvre arctique
Italiano
Lepus arcticus
Latina
Lepus arcticus
bil-Malti
Liebru tal-Artiku
Nederlands
Poolhaas
Polski
Zając polarny
Português
Lebre-ártica
中文
北极兔

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First Published: 4th November 2008, Last Updated: 16th February 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 04 Nov 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 04 Nov 2008]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 04 Nov 2008]

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