Snowshoe hare

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phylum Chordata The snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus), also called the varying hare, is a species of hare found in North America. It has the name "snowshoe" because of the large size of its hind feet. The animal's feet prevent it from sinking into the snow when it hops and walks.

For camouflage, its fur turns white during the winter and rusty brown during the summer. Its flanks are white year-round. The snowshoe hare is also distinguishable by the black tufts of fur on the edge of its ears. Its ears are shorter than those of most other hares. Snowshoe hares range in length from 413 to 518 mm, of which 39 to 52 mm are tail.

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class Mammalia
infraclass Eutheria
order Lagomorpha
family Leporidae
genus Lepus
species L. americanus