The hare is typically found only in the northern hemisphere. It is closely related to the rabbit, and courts comparison with rabbits in several ways. The Arctic hare inhabiting in Europe and North America is the most common of all species of hares found in the world.
The ability to touch speeds of 45 mph makes the hares one of the fastest moving small mammals on land. The large feet coupled with the small hind feet give it the ability to sprint over long distances with ease and efficiency.
A hare is typically larger as compare to a rabbit. Hares give birth to offspring who are born with their eyes open. This is in contrast to the case with rabbits. Baby hares also have a full coat of fur when they are born.
The physiological make-up of hares gives them long ears. Their sense of smell is also great. These make it very easy for a hare to detect and sense the approach of any of their natural predators. The long legs of the hare enable it to hop to safety.
Hares can adapt themselves to different kinds of climates and weather. Of all the 30 different species of hares found in the world, many are found in deserts, while quite a few inhabit the cold Arctic Tundra region. They give birth to their progeny in nests formed on the surface of the earth rather than in burrows, as in the case of rabbits.
Hares are generally calm animals. They spend most of the day running around for food or sleeping. Their diet is made of grass and seeds. They are also fond of vegetables and fruits. Hares form an important part of the meal of some people who hunt them down for their meat.