Afrikaans name: Springhaas
Springhares are nocturnal creatures
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.
References and further readingAfrican Wildlife - A photographic safari - Author: Nigel and Wendy Dennis - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 104
Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 94
Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 172
Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1997 - Page: 298
Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 2001 - Page: 94
Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 145
Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 334
Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 60
Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillier - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 165
Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 158
Questions and Answers - Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Year Published: 1990 - Page: 17
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
Sasol First Field Guide to Animal Tracks of Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Year Published: 2003 - Page: 17
Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 36
Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1996 - Page: 42
Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 321
Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 200