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Common hare

Lepus europaeus

Measuring between 50 and 80 centimetres long, the common hare weighs about 7 kilograms and has a life expectancy of 12 years. It has long ears with black tips, long hind legs, and a greyish-brown upper body with white below. Its tail is black above and white on the underside.

The hare inhabits cultivated areas, grasslands, scrub, the outskirts of forests, and mountains up to 2,000 metres. It is found in Europe, Asia and Africa.

The hare feeds on grasses, the bark of young trees, grains and mushrooms. In order to fully assimilate the food it consumes, it eats its excrement as well (caecotrophia). Unlike the domestic rabbit, the hare’s young are born with their eyes open, and they are already covered in fur and able to run. Adult hares can run up to 60 kilometres per hour.

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