Arctic hares can be distinguished from rabbits by their shorter ears; they can stand on hind legs and are taller than a rabbit. Their coat color depends on the season. During winter, the coat is long, thick, soft, and white, with the edges of their ears having black bunches. They molt during summer when the coat is grey-blue to brownish-grey. However, the coat on the chest and underbelly is always grey.
Although they prefer a solitary lifestyle to survive in the harsh Arctic weather, they congregate in groups to warm each other up. They are also excellent swimmers and can hop at speeds up to 65 km/h (40 mph).
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No