Unusual features/differences from similar
The under parts
in Scrub Hare are white with an ochre-buff band. The tail is black on top and
white underneath. Runs away with ears held erect, Scrub
Hare runs with ears held flat
Females are slightly heavier than
Open grassland or grassland with light scrub; prefers more
open habitat than the scrub hare and occurs in desert.
Short and green grass is preferred. Browses
bushes in the Karoo in winter.
Gestation 42 days. Litters of up to 3
(average 1,6) are born above ground at any time of year, with a peak in summer.
Eaten by small carnivores from Small spotted cat
and larger cats
as well as by large
Behavior and Habits
Active from dusk to dawn and often
active during the day in
overcast weather. During the day they rest in small patches of flattened
vegetation (called forms) in patches of thicker cover or under bushes to which
they return over a period of days. They remain in the form until approached
closely after which they run off with ears held erect. Solitary, although small groups may
be seen together on good grazing. A female on heat may be covered by
more than one male who fights for mating rights. When pursued by a predator the
hare runs straight until the predator has just caught up with it and then very
rapidly sidesteps to the side.. Cape hares
use holes dug by other animals, a behavior which has not
been recorded for scrub hares.
A very soft grunting sound or a loud squeal when caught.
Dung and Field sign
Small heaps of pellets about 1-1.5cm long, slightly
flattened blunt ovals, pale coloured and rough surfaced. Forms
showing the impression of the fore and hind parts of the body. In
the spoor the marks of the pads of the hind feet are obscured by the long hair