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Encyclopedia > Snowshoe Hare
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Snowshoe Hare
Conservation status: Secure

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Lagomorpha
Family: Leporidae
Genus: Lepus
Species: L. americanus
Lepus americanus
Erxleben, 1777

The Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus) is a species of hare found in North America. It has the name "snowshoe" because its back feet are so big, it looks as though it is wearing big shoes to walk in the snow. The rabbit's big feet prevent it from sinking into the snow when it hops and walks. Image File history File links Snowshoe_hare. ... Scientific classification or biological classification is how biologists group and categorize extinct and living species of organisms. ... Phyla Porifera (sponges) Ctenophora (comb jellies) Cnidaria (coral, jellyfish, anenomes) Placozoa (trichoplax) Subregnum Bilateria (bilateral symmetry) Acoelomorpha (basal) Orthonectida (parasitic to flatworms, echinoderms, etc. ... Typical Classes Subphylum Urochordata - Tunicatas Ascidiacea Thaliacea Larvacea Subphylum Cephalochordata - Lancelets Subphylum Myxini - Hagfishes Subphylum Vertebrata - Vertebrates Petromyzontida - Lampreys Placodermi (extinct) Chondrichthyes - Cartilaginous fishes Acanthodii (extinct) Actinopterygii - Ray-finned fishes Actinistia - Coelacanths Dipnoi - Lungfishes Amphibia - Amphibians Reptilia - Reptiles Aves - Birds Mammalia - Mammals Chordates (phylum Chordata) include the vertebrates, together with... Orders Subclass Multituberculata (extinct) Plagiaulacida Cimolodonta Subclass Palaeoryctoides (extinct) Subclass Triconodonta (extinct) Subclass Eutheria (includes extinct ancestors)/Placentalia (excludes extinct ancestors) Afrosoricida Artiodactyla Carnivora Cetacea Chiroptera Cimolesta (extinct) Creodonta (extinct) Condylarthra (extinct) Dermoptera Desmostylia (extinct) Embrithopoda (extinct) Hyracoidea Insectivora Lagomorpha Litopterna (extinct) Macroscelidea Mesonychia (extinct) Notoungulata (extinct) Perissodactyla Pholidota Plesiadapiformes... Families Leporidae Ochotonidae The Lagomorphs, order Lagomorpha, are an order of mammals of which there are two families, Leporidae (hares and rabbits), and Ochotonidae (pikas). ... Genera Pentalagus Bunolagus Nesolagus Romerolagus Brachylagus Sylvilagus Oryctolagus Poelagus Caprolagus Pronolagus Lepus Leporids are the approximately 50 species of rabbits and hares which form the family Leporidae. ... Genera Lepus Caprolagus Pronolagus Hares and Jackrabbits belong to family Leporidae, and mostly in genus Lepus. ... In biology, binomial nomenclature is the formal method of naming species. ... Johann Christian Polycarp Erxleben Institute of Veterinary Medicine of Georg-August-University Goettingen from 1771-1775, first and oldest academic Veterinary School in Germany Johann Christian Polycarp Erxleben (June 22, 1744 - August 19, 1777) was a German naturalist. ... 1777 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Species Many, see text Hares and jackrabbits belong to family Leporidae, and mostly in genus Lepus. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ...


For camouflage, its fur turns white during the winter and rusty brown above during the summer. Its underparts are white year-round. The Snowshoe Hare is also distinguishable by the black tufts of fur on the edge of its ears. Their ears are shorter than those of most other hares. Anolis caroliensis showing blending camouflage and counter-shading. ... Species Many, see text Hares and jackrabbits belong to family Leporidae, and mostly in genus Lepus. ...

The Snowshoe Hare is one animal that changes color in winter
The Snowshoe Hare is one animal that changes color in winter

In summer, they feed on plants like grass, ferns and leaves; in winter, they eat twigs, the bark from trees and buds from flowers and plants. They are sometimes seen feeding in small groups. These animals are mainly active at night and do not hibernate. Image File history File links Snowshoe_hare. ... Image File history File links Snowshoe_hare. ... Hibernation is a state of regulated hypothermia, lasting several days or weeks, that allows animals to conserve energy during the winter. ...


Snowshoe Hares may have up to 4 litters in a year which average 2 to 4 young. Males compete for females and females may breed with several males.


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Snowshoe Hare (0 words)
Snowshoe hares prefer dense stands (usually after a disturbance) of young conifers or brushy deciduous growth where there is lots of food and good shelter.
Snowshoe hares feed on a variety of deciduous trees and shrubs, (birch, willow, maple), some conifers (white pine, balsam fir), grasses and wild plants (raspberry and fireweed).
The snowshoe hare is a large-footed animal that turns white in winter and a dark brown in summer.
Wildlife Profile: Snowshoe hare - N.H. Fish and Game (542 words)
Snowshoe hare have large hind feet; both front and hind feet are heavily furred in winter.
Snowshoe hare are also called "varying hare" because they molt from a soft brown in summer to mostly white in winter.
Snowshoe hare are found throughout New England, across Canada,, and south to the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains.
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