|Fuzzy pouf balls!|
As you probably know, the Arctic is one pretty chilly place. That means that animals have to be super douper fuzzy to keep warm. The Arctic hare squishes its body into a pouf ball to stay cozy.
This cute snow bunny also digs holes in the snow to sleep or hide in. These little burrows keep them warm because they are protected from the icy wind. Arctic wolves are a predator of the hare, so these houses can protect the bunnies from being eaten.
|Big back feet and short ears.|
Arctic hares have big back feet so they can hop on the snow. The big surface area works like snowshoes, keeping them above the snow and not stuck in it.
They also have short little ears, unlike most bunnies, because they need to conserve heat! If they had long ears they would lose more heat from them.
Its white color is a form of camouflage so its predators can't see them! In the summer when all the snow melts, the Arctic hares change color, from white to a greyish-brown, so it matches the mud and rocks around it.
Arctic hares like chewing on leaves, grasses, berries, and woody plants. They can smell food even if it's buried under the snow!
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