Snow shoe rabbit (Lepus americanus) On a hike with Ken Oldham to Bierstadt Lake
(below) we came upon this snow shoe rabbit. Its name comes from the large
size of its hind feet and the marks left by its tail. It grows fur on the soles of its feet for
snow and ice protection. It is white in the winter and rusty brown in the summer. It has white feet and
flanks and grows black tufts of fur on the edge of its ears. It does not hibernate. It can
have up to four litters per year which makes it sound like it can reproduce like a rabbit.
Lake Bierstadt Rocky Mountain National Park 8-8-12