Dusky gray in summer, with a tinge of tawny ; white in winter: ears shorter than the head, always black at the extremity.

L. albus, Briss. Reg. An. p. 139. L. variabilis, Flem. Brit. An. p. 22. Alpine Hare, Penn. Brit. Zool. vol. i. p. 102. pi. 10. no. 21. Varying Hare, Shaw, Gen. Zool. vol. n. p. 201.

Dimensions

Length of the head and body twenty-one inches six lines; of the head four inches six lines; of the ears three inches three lines c2 of the tail two inches six lines; of the fore leg, from the olecranon to the end of the toe-nails, seven inches three lines; of the hind foot, from heel to toe, six inches.

Description

In general somewhat smaller than the Common Hare, with shorter ears and more slender legs : tail shorter. Fur in summer grayish tawny mixed with black, here and there inclining to ash-colour; in winter wholly white, with the exception of the tips of the ears, which remain always black.

Inhabits the Scotch mountains: keeps near the summits, and never descends into the valleys, or mixes with the common species. Change of dress effected in the months of September and April; caused by an actual change of colour in the hair itself, without the shedding of the fur. - Obs. The L. variabilis of Pallas is probably a distinct species.