Sunday, May 22, 2011

Silly Wabbit (sort of)

This snowshoe hare doesn't know it's supposed to be nocturnal.  I've only seen a few of these over the years, always at night along the roadway.  This one was out at noon.

These hares turn white in the winter and brown in the spring, though their feet stay white year-round. 

The large, hairy feet allow them to remain active in winter, travelling on top of the snow and using the higher snow level to feed on the buds and bark of trees and shrubs.

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