Arctic hares inhabit the northern parts of the Arctic Circle. They are some of the largest hares in the world, growing up to 17 to 28 inches (43 to 70 centimeters) in length. Arctic hares are really fast, able to run at speeds of up to 37 miles (60 kilometers) per hour!
These hares are well-adapted to the extremely cold temperatures of the tundra. They have shorter ears than most hares, so that blood doesn’t have to flow a very long way from their heart (getting colder as it goes). They also have the ability to sense food through thick ice and snow. In addition, their white fur gives them both warmth and great camouflage, helping to keep them safe from cold and predators alike.
Their claws and incisors are specially adapted for digging through snow and eating the vegetation they find, but Arctic hares are omnivores. Though they mostly feed on shoots, berries and buds that they forage from the snow, but on occasion they may also feed on other small animals and even carrion.
The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about Arctic Hares. Details of the videos featured are underneath.
- FMARS 2009 – Arctic Hare Observed During EVA9 on the Way to the Gemini Hills by FMARS2009Crew
- An Arctic fox chases a group of hares by canadanaturemuseum