Arctic Hare

Arctic Hare

The Arctic Hare (Lepus arcticus) is a hare which is largely adapted to polar and mountainous habitats. It was once considered a subspecies of the Mountain Hare, but it is now regarded as a separate species.


It is distributed over the tundra regions of Greenland and the northernmost parts of Canada as well as Alaska. In the far north, it is white year-round; in other parts, it is a frosty blue grey color in summer but the tail remains white.


It is an average of 22-28 inches long, and it weighs about 9-12 lb.


The Arctic Hare mainly eats woody plants. It eats buds, berries, leaves and grass. It has a keen sense of smell and may dig for willow twigs under the snow.


There are four subspecies of this hare:

  • Lepus arcticus arcticus
  • Lepus arcticus bangsii
  • Lepus arcticus groenlandicus
  • Lepus arcticus monstrabilis


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