Snowshoe hare

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snowshoe hare Lepus americanus

Order Lagomorpha  Picas, Cottontails, Rabbits, and Hares

  • Animals with tails shorter than the hind foot
  • Have noticeably long ears (except picas with round ears)
  • Usual form of locomotion is hopping
  • All have 2 upper incisors behind the 2 larger outer ones

The snowshoe hare is named such  because of the large size of its hind feet and the marks its tail leaves in the snow. The animal’s feet prevent it from sinking into the snow when it hops and walks. Its feet also have fur on the soles to protect it from freezing temperatures.

ID traits:

Long ears, long hind legs, soft fur, & short cottony tail. Move by hopping.

Has 2 annual molts: brown in summer; white in winter


bark & twigs of aspen, willow, alder, & conifers.

Eaten by:

coyote, fox, bobcat, lynx, great horned owls


Conifer forests & wetland thickets in mountains