Spring Hare



About the Spring Hare:

The vernacular name of the spring hare or springhaas in Afrikaans is misleading, since the Spring Hare is in fact a rodent, and not a hare.

Spring Hares are found locally in the semiarid steppes and dry savannas of Kenya and Tanzania as well as in Southwestern Africa, and is native to South Africa.

Spring Hares forage on all fours, but sit on their hind feet and tail while eating, so as to manipulate the food with their forefeet. The Spring Hare resembles a small kangaroo (though unrelated) with their well-developed hind legs which allows it to leap over 2 m (6 ft 7 in) in a single bound. It gets its name from this ability

Spring Hare Habitat:

Their habitat preference is for short grassy areas, sparse vegetation and sandy soils in which to burrow. With the exclusion of deserts and forested areas, the Spring Hare has a wide distribution in South Africa, with a predilection for flat arid and semi-arid country.

During the day they den in burrows, usually in well-drained, hard-packed sandy soils on flat open land near an abundant source of grass. They plug the entrance of the hole with soil from the inside of the tunnel. It is easier for them to dig during the rainy season when the soil is wet. Sometimes, they leap out of their burrows when they come out at night.

A pair of Spring Hare may occupy many different burrows on different days. They tend to make three burrows together in a circular shape.

Taxidermy (Hunting Spring Hare):

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Forms are selected to ensure the best fit and posture will be altered to suit you, the client’s preference without additional cost. Natural habitat bases are custom-made for full mount trophies without additional cost.

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Facts about the Spring Hare:

  • Spring Hares are an important food source for people throughout Africa and as such their status is critical in many regions of the continent.
  • They are often killed as pests. As human settlement and agriculture expand and encroach on spring hares’ habitats, hares may take to crop raiding and eat sweet potatoes, groundnuts, pumpkins, and the shoots of maize and wheat. In those cases, snaring and shooting can cause localized population depletion.
  • When alarmed, it travels quickly in erratic leaps of 2 to 3 metres (6.6 to 9.8 feet) until it reaches a burrow.