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Snowshoe Hare

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Snowshoe Hare
The snowshoe hare

In the high country, the brown snowshoe hare turns white in winter. Named for its extra-large, fur-bottomed hind feet, the snowshoe hare can clear 12 feet in a single jump and moves easily in Colorado’s mountains, forests and alpine tundra.

Although a hare may look like a large, rangy rabbit with extra-long ears and legs, it is a separate species. Rabbits are born hairless, blind and need their mothers for two months. Baby hares enter the world with eyes open, in full fur, ready to hop in a couple of hours. Around the world, hares are mostly nocturnal and shy, but come mating season, they engage in a crazy courtship. They’ll chase each other for miles. They’ll stop abruptly and leap over each other, or box one another, kick, bite, hiss and sometimes urinate on each other, mid-air. All of which explain the old expression, "mad as a March hare."

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