snowshoe hare

(Lepus americanus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Cyclical

Habitat

Woods, thickets, coniferous swamps and bogs

Lifespan

5 years

Size

Total length: 16 to 20

Head and body: 13 to 18

Tail: 1 to 1½

Ear: 3½ to 4


Identification

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.

 
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Behavior

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


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.


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Taxonomy

Order:

Lagomorpha (hares, pikas, and rabbits)

 

Family:

Leporidae (rabbits and hares)

 

Subfamily:

Leporinae

 

Genus:

Lepus

 

Subgenus:

Lepus

 
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)

 
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Common
Names

snowshoe hare

snowshoe rabbit

varying hare


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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