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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Lagomorpha
Family:Leporida
Genus:Lepus
Genus species:Lepus arcticus

Animal Characteristics

Weight:3.2-5.4 kg
Identification:The Arctic hare has elongated and curved claws on the forefeet. They have a white winter coat with black ear tips. In the summer their coat color becomes brownish gray.
Habitat:Tundra, mountains, lowlands
Diet:Herbivore: woody plants, berries, leaves, sedges, seabark
Reproduction:Adult hares mate in April or May and the young are born in May, June, or July. Most females have two litters each season with 2-8 young in each litter. The mother weans her offspring at 8-9 weeks after birth. By September, they have reached adult status.
Although Arctic hares are generally solitary, they can gather in groups of 100-300 animals during the winter.
Behavior:This lagomorph species is nocturnal and active throughout the year.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Arctic hares can run as fast as 64 mph. They have modified claws for digging and modified incisors to forage through the snow.

Other Information

Geographic:North America Date:1973-07 Subjects:rabbit
lagomorph
Arctic hare
Hares
Lepus
Leporidae
Lagomorpha
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata