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Snowshoe Hare - Lepus americanus

A hare found in North America primarily in boreal forests, active all year around. The fur is rusty-brown in summer and white in the winter. It feeds on grass, plants in summer and can be seen feeding on dead animals in winter.

Common Names

  • Snowshoe Hare (en)
  • Liebre americana (es)
  • Lièvre d'Amérique, Lièvre variable, Lièvre à raquettes (fr)
  • Schneeschuhhase (de)

Taxonomy

  • Lagomorpha
  • Leporidae
  • Lepus americanus

Where & When to Spot

Cannot be seen around Montreal. To see this species, you have to go more remote, towards the North where you find boreal forests.

How to Identify

Very similar to Cottontail Rabbit but missing the white tail and back legs are proportionally significantly larger, almost the length of half of the body. Also, the fur is more homogenous than Cottontail Rabbit. Primary characteristic is the lack of the white tail though.

Photos

Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus)

Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus)

Having left the hideout late afternoon on search of food. Snowshoe Hare are active at dusk as nightfall provides some protection from predators.

portneuf-sur-mer - 2021-08-21

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S; Focal Length 200mm; Exposure 1/400; Aperture f/2.8; Iso 1400;

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