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