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Springhare

Afrikaans name: Springhaas

Springhare

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Pedetes capensis

Interesting facts about Springhares

The Springhare resembles the kangaroo but it is not related to that species. It is able to spring distances of 2 metres or more on its back legs.

It weighs around 3 kg's and grows to a body length of around 40 cm. Its tail adds another 40 cm or so.

Springhares are not often seen as they are nocturnal creatures. During the day they stay in their tunnels which they dig. They feed on seeds and other plant material. They use their front paws for digging.

They are normally reddish in colour but may also be grey. The tip of the tail is black.

Females give birth to one baby and this may happen at any time during the year.

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References

Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 145

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 158

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 419

List of South African Mammals

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