The arctic hare lives in the harsh environment of the North American tundra. These hares do not hibernate, but survive the dangerous cold with a number of behavioural and physiological adaptations. They sport thick fur and enjoy a low surface area to volume ratio that conserves body heat, most evident in their shortened ears. These hares sometimes dig shelters in snow and huddle together to share warmth.
Common Name: Arctic Hare
Scientific Name: Lepus arcticus
Size: Head and body, 19 to 26 in; tail, 1 to 3 in
Weight: 6 to 15 lbs
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