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Beautiful Snowshoe HareWe all ask at some point, why is this beautiful rabbit called a hare?
Believe it or not, there are actually several differences between a rabbit and a hare. Physically the hare has longer ears and hind legs. In general, the hare is just overall larger than a rabbit.
They also have different lifestyles. The hare is a solitary animal while the rabbit enjoys living in groups. The hare just makes a slight hole on top of the ground to sleep, while the wild rabbit prefers a burrow below ground. At birth, the hare is fully furred, has his eyes open and will hop within moments of being born. A baby rabbit is hairless and blind. It must adjust to this new world before it is ready to "hop around."
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The Snowshoe Hare also has fur on his feet to protect him from the freezing ground and I Personally think his black tipped ears are absolutely adorable.
He is called a Snowshoe Hare because of the tracks his large feet leave in the snow. His toes can be spread out for balance and the wide toe and slender heel track resembles a snowshoe impression.
In addition to his leaping abilities, the Snowshoe Hare has remarkable running and swimming skills. Thus, he is often able to avoid capture by a predator.
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Bring home your own Snowshoe Hare! You can learn more about the Snowshoe Hare with the book, play a game or snuggle with your won precious and beautiful Snowshoe Hare. Any or all of these items would be awesome.