Fun Fact Friday: The Snowshoe Hare

Photos by Wsiegmund and D. Gordon E. Robertson

Did you know that Alaska’s snowshoe hare has fur that completely changes color with the seasons? It’s true!

The snowshoe hair (so named because its large back feet keep it from sinking into the snow) has a brown coat during the summer, but during the winter, its coat is white. This natural camouflage goes a long way toward helping the furry fellows elude potential predators.

Another fun fact: Hares (unlike rabbits) are born furry, with their eyes open, and are able to hop around within a day or two of being born!