Rabbits in the Snow

Rabbits in the Snow

When it comes to the heat or the cold, rabbits and hares do much better in the snow, including minus-degree weather. The funfacts below are all about the arctic hare which thrives in the snow and in icy conditions. They have smallish ears to help keep their bodies focused on conserving heat and energy rather than on hearing. Arctic hares can move amazingly fast, up to 40 miles per hour. But their predators are numerous including wolves, polar bears, and foxes. The third video below shows bunnies romping in the snow.

Rabbits in the Snow Videos: Here’s a 6-minute video about caring for rabbits at -10. Here’s a 3-minute video about arctic hares. Here’s a fun 3-minute video of rabbits playing in the snow.

FunFacts about the Arctic Hare: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus) is a species of hare which is highly adapted to living in the Arctic tundra, and other icy biomes. The Arctic hare survives with shortened ears and limbs, a small nose, fat that makes up 20% of its body, and a thick coat of fur. It usually digs holes in the ground or under snow to keep warm and to sleep. Arctic hares look like rabbits but have shorter ears, are taller when standing and, unlike rabbits, can thrive in extreme cold. They can travel together with many other hares, sometimes huddling with dozens or more, but are usually found alone, sometimes taking more than one partner. The Arctic hare can run up to 60 kilometres per hour (40 mph). (Source)
  • The average arctic hare is two feet long and weighs about 12 lbs.
  • The arctic hare is an herbivore and willow is one of its favorite foods.
  • The arctic hare can be found in the northernmost regions of Greenland, the Canadian Arctic islands and Northern Canada, including Ellesmere Island, and farther south in Labrador and Newfoundland.
  • Most arctic hares are pure white through the winter but will turn gray or brown during the summer except in places where the summer is very short.
  • Female arctic hares, called does, give birth to as many as eight or nine ‘leverets’. The males are called bucks.
  • Arctic hares live an average of 3 to 5 years and do not do well in captivity.

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30 thoughts on “Rabbits in the Snow

  1. Love the pictures! I enjoyed watching the videos. The Artic hare makes me think about the snowshoe hare that was released in the area I grew up in Northeast Ohio.

  2. I’ve never had a pet bunny. We do get quite a few wild bunnies in our yard. We found some babies in our garden under a clump of cut grass that we had put down to stop weeds. So cute.
    I love the pictures with the darker bunnies. The white ones blend to much with the snow lol.

    NY

  3. We haven’t had a lot of snow this year but living out we have lots of rabbits. I love to sit in a chair by the window, drink my hot tea and watch them. So do my cats.

  4. I’ve never had rabbits as pets but that’s because our beagles would have attacked them as their favorite thing to do was hunt rabbit with my father. But they sure are cute! Here in Wisconsin we have rabbits year round that we get to watch outside. I just love them!

  5. No pet bunnies. We have many wold bunnies and it amazes me that the eagles and hawks haven’t taken them. They love hopping in the snow.

  6. Those bunnies are just too cute! My cats love chasing bunnies in the snow. Luckily I’ve taught them that they can’t catch them, but they still have fun bounding after them. They are happy watching the birds from inside during the winter but they’ll howl to go out to play with bunnies.

  7. I have always thought rabbits are precious! So sweet, soft, and beautiful. We have had them for pets over the years too. These days, we see one or two now and then hopping and then hiding in the shrubs in the neighborhood. It always brings a smile to my face.

    Fort Myers, Florida

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