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Snowshoe Hares’ Fur-covered Toes

Snowshoe Hare tracks are readily discernible because of the paired larger hind feet which land in front of the smaller front feet when a hare bounds over the snow.  When bounding, a hare’s front feet usually land side by side, unless they are traveling at great speed, when one front foot tends to land in front of the other (see photo).

Because they have hairy feet and no exposed toe pads, Snowshoe Hares usually do not leave distinct toe impressions in their tracks.  When they do, you will see four impressions, even though they have five toes on each foot.  In soft snow, the four long toes of each foot are spread widely, increasing the size of these “snowshoes” still more. The fine, sharp claws on their feet may or may not register.

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5 responses

  1. Cheron barton

    OMG… will his cousin return in the spring… Luke “will get him” 😂 Enjoy see u on Sunday😘

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    December 20, 2019 at 8:02 am

  2. Peggy Curtis

    I know you like toes.

    On Fri, Dec 20, 2019 at 7:58 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: “Snowshoe Hare tracks are readily discernible because > of the paired larger hind feet which land in front of the smaller front > feet when a hare bounds over the snow. When bounding, a hare’s front feet > usually land side by side, unless they are traveling at” >

    December 20, 2019 at 8:12 am

  3. Alice

    I love seeing ‘regular’ bunny tracks in the snow.

    December 20, 2019 at 9:12 am

  4. Kay Byram

    Dearest Joc, I am struck that these paw prints look to me as if they are raised and not depressed as foot prints really are. And I think of what Little Red Riding Hood said to the Big Bad Wolf dressed as Grandmother, “What big eyes you have, what big ears you have, what big teeth you have!” … what big feet you have! I love you to infinity and beyond, Nana

    December 20, 2019 at 10:49 am

  5. Alice

    Cooperative of the Snowshoe Hare to pauze & have its feet photographed.

    December 20, 2019 at 5:20 pm

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