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Spring Hare                 

Pedetes capensis


Average size: 6.6 pounds and 14–18 inches

Average lifespan: 8-14 years

Range/distribution Map



They live in dry savannas and semi-arid steppes.  They are sometimes around areas with no rocks and bushes, and sandy areas.

They are nocturnal herbivores that typically eat stems, roots, and sprouting plants, along with other fruits and herbs.  They do not stray too far from their burrows unless they are in dire need of sustenance.

They were put onto the vulnerable list of animals in 1996 because of a large, sudden drop in numbers, but they were put on the least concern list in 2001 because their populations seem more stable.  The initial drop in population size was due to habitat loss and being hunted by humans.

The spring hares actually cover up the hole leading to their burrow with dirt.  In order to avoid predators, they leap high out of their hole in case there were an animal lurking outside.