snowshoe hare

(Lepus americanus)

Conservation Status

 

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  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

In summer, the fur is yellowish-brown to grayish-brown above with a blackish rump and a blackish line down the back from the neck to the rump. The nape of the neck is the same color as the back. The underparts are white. The outer tip of each ear is black. The tail is dark above, white below.

In winter the fur is white or pale gray except for dark eyerings and the black tip of each ear.

The rear feet are large. The soles of the feet are densely furred.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total length: 16 to 20

Head and body: 13 to 18

Tail: 1 to 1½

Ear: 3½ to 4

 
     
 

Sign

 
 

 

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Woods, thickets, coniferous swamps and bogs

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Behavior

 
 

It is active mostly from dusk through dawn, but also on cloudy days. It is mostly solitary excepot when populations are high.

 
     
 

Lifespan

 
 

5 years

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

15, 29, 30, 76.

Minnesota varying hare (Lepus americanus phaeonotus) is found throughout northern Minnesota.

Varying hare (Lepus americanus americanus) may be found in the forested parts of northeastern Minnesota.

 
  1/25/2017      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Cyclical

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Mammalia (mammals)  
  Subclass Theria  
  Infraclass Eutheria (placentals)  
  Magnorder Boreoeutheria  
  Superorder Euarchontoglires  
  Clade Glires (rodents and rabbits)  
  Order Lagomorpha (hares, pikas, and rabbits)  
 

Family

Leporidae (rabbits and hares)  
 

Genus

Lepus (hares and jackrabbits)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Alaska varying hare (Lepus americanus dalli)

Bighorn Mountain snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus seclusus)

British Columbia snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus columbiensis)

Cascades snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus cascadensis)

Klamath snowshoe rabbit (Lepus americanus klamathensis)

Mackenzie varying hare (Lepus americanus macfarlani)

Minnesota varying hare (Lepus americanus phaeonotus)

Nova Scotia varying hare (Lepus americanus struthopus)

Oregon snowshoe rabbit (Lepus americanus oregonus)

Rocky Mountain snowshoe rabbit (Lepus americanus bairdii)

Sierra Nevada snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus tahoensis)

snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus pallidus)

snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus pineus)

varying hare (Lepus americanus americanus) ?

Virginia snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus virginianus)

Washington snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus washingtonii)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

snowshoe hare

snowshoe rabbit

varying hare

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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  Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus)
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  Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus)  
     
  Snowshoe Hare
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  Snowshoe Hare  
     
  Lepus americanus (Snowshoe Hare)
Andrew Hoffman
 
  Lepus americanus (Snowshoe Hare)  
     
  Snowshoe Hares
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  Snowshoe Hare
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Published on Apr 13, 2014

Snowshoe Hare feeding on calcium along the highway near Forteau, Labrador on 2014-04-13.

   
       
  Snowshoe hare at the North American Bear Center, Ely, MN
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Published on Jun 21, 2012

Snowshoe hare eating a apple in the bear's rock den at the North American Bear Center in Ely, MN on 6/17/12.

   
       
  Snowshoe Hare HD 720p
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  Wintering Snowshoe Hare
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  Snowshoe Hare Hunting In Minnesota
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