Snowshoe HareA snowshoe hare waits out an unwelcome visitor with the not entirely effective camouflage of its transition coat from winter to summer.
A few characteristics separate the snowshoe hare and the white-tailed jackrabbit. Here we offer a brief comparison of these two creatures.
WHAT'S THE SAME?
Strength: Leaps of 3m (10 feet) at a time
Litters per year: Up to four
Leverets at birth: Born precocial—with fur and open eyes. Mobile in about 30 minutes. Weaned at one month.
Peak Daily Activity: At night
Speed: The jackrabbit attains speeds of up to 60 kph (40 mph). The snowshoe hare achieves speeds of up to 43 kph (27 mph).
Lifespan: The jackrabbit lives 1–5 years and as many as eight years in the wild. Snowshoe hares live just one year or less.
Average size: Jackrabbits weigh 3–4½ kg (6–10 lbs) and measure 61 cm (24 inches). Snowshoe hares weigh 1–1½ kg (2–3 lbs) and measure 38–50 cm (15–20 inches).
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