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Snowshoe Hares — The New Global Warming Poster Animal? – July 22, 2013

Seasonal camouflage may become a liability as the seasons change

Meet the snowshoe hare. The hare is one of only ten mammals that have evolved the special skill of seasonal camouflage. Like the arctic fox, the long-tailed weasel, and several other hare species, the snowshoe hare molts from brown to white during winter and then molts back to brown in the spring.

snowshoe hare Photos by L. Scott Mills Like the arctic fox and several other hare species, the snowshoe hare molts from brown to
white during winter and then molts back to brown in the spring

But this impressive survival strategy could become a liability as global climate change makes the seasons less… more

by: Tom Kuglin

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