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