When I finally figured out about these snowshoes, the next thing I heard about was these ‘snowshoe hairs’. I saw one in the woods, and was able to get a picture:
One of the coolest thing about these creatures is that they change their coats out with the season – very fashionable – darker for the warmer months, and a white coat for the colder, winter months. Pretty snazzy.
Another aspect is how large their feet are. Regular rabbits and hares have pretty large hind feet, but nothing like the snowshoe hair. You can see a comparison in the image below; snowshoe hair (winter molt) on the left, and a ‘regular rabbit’ on the right. Pretty stark, huh?
The snowshoe hair is perfectly equipped to traverse the deep soft snow of the northern winter. Lucky buggers!
Quick quiz; Who knows which animal has the greatest foot loading to body weight ratio for traversing over soft winter snow (it’s not the snowshoe hare)?