Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52236

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Lagomorpha
Family:Leporidae
Genus:Pedetes
Genus species:Pedetes capensis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:36-43 cm
Weight:3-4 kg
Identification:The coat of the springhare varies from yellow-brown to rufous-brown. The tips of the ears and tail are black, and the underside is lighter. The springhare is often referred to as a mini kangaroo.
Habitat:Floodplains; semiarid, sparsely-vegetated areas
Diet:Herbivore: selectively browser of green grasses
Reproduction:There is no distinct breeding season for springhares, although 76% of adult females in a population will be pregnant at a given time. Most females give birth to a single offspring three times during the year. Gestation lasts 77 days. Springhare live up to 14.5 years in captivity.
Social groups range from 2-6 members.
Behavior:These nocturnal animals spend their days hiding in burrows. If threatened, a springhare will try to rake the predator with the sharp nails on its hind feet.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The main predators of the springhare are snakes, owls, mongooses, and lions. They are also hunted by humans for food and their skin.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Africa
Eastern Africa
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:lagomorph
rabbit
Springhare
Leporidae
Lagomorpha
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata