E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia

Lepus americanus Erxleben, 1777
Snowshoe Hare; Snowshoe Hare; Varying Hare
Family: Leporidae

Photo of species

© Claude Schweizer  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #126115)

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Distribution of Lepus americanus in British Columbia
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The Snowshoe Hare is a distinctive and easily recognized 'rabbit' because of its larger size, large "snowshoe' feet, long ears, and all white colouring in winter. Some low elevation populations in the Fraser River valley and the Cascades (areas with sporadic snow cover) are brown in winter (Nagorsen pers. comm. 2011). These smaller hares are currently recognized as a subspecies (L. a. washingtonii), however genetic work is needed to assess this taxonomy.

In BC, the Snowshoe hare is found throughout the province, but does not occur on the coastal islands (Nagorsen 2005).

Status Information

Scientific NameOrigin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
Lepus americanusNativeS5YellowNot Listed
Lepus americanus washingtoniiNativeS1RedNot Listed
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Additional Photo Sources

Species References

Nagorsen, David W. 2005. Rodents and Lagomorphs of British Columbia. Royal BC Museum Handbook. Royal BC Museum, Victoria.

General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-07-13 5:09:28 AM]
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