Types of Hares
An artic hares thick coat is suited to the cold, when summers are short the artic hares coat remains white throughout the year. The artic hare is large and can weigh up to 15 pounds (6.8 kilos)
The brown hare alos known as the European hare is one of the fastest Leporids, it can reach speeds of up to 45 miles (72.4 km) per hour. Brown hares legs are suited for high speeds and endurance.
The well-known phrase “Mad as a March hare” relates to the male and female hares breeding behaviour. Boxing hares can be seen in March, when the hare breeding season peaks. The boxing hares are the females fighting off the attention of the male hares. When the female is ready to mate, she allows the males to chase, the victor has the privilege to mate with the female.
Snow shoe hare
The snowshoe hare has a thick white coat like the artic hare, to survive harsh winters. The snow shoe hare has distinct large feet to help it move across the snow without sinking. The snow shoe hare is named after the imprint it leaves on the snow with its large hind feet. Like other hares the snowshoe hare is a herbivore, but when a preferred food source is unavailable they have been known to steal meet and even eat mice.
Jackrabbits are common in North America, one of the Jackrabbits distinct features are their long ears. The antelope jackrabbit has ears that can grow up 8 inches (20.3 cm). The jackrabbit’s ears play an important role in regulating the jackrabbits body temperature in warm climates and deserts.
The jackrabbits name relates to its fast jumping skills.
White sided jackrabbit
The white sided jackrabbit is unique amongst leporids in that they mate for life, once they have mated the male defends the female from other males and always stays within 20 ft of her.
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