Unusual features/differences from similar
under parts of the
Cape hare are pinkish white or white with ochre-buff bands. The incisor teeth are wider
than in Cape hares. Runs away with ears held flat, Cape
hare runs with ears held erect
Females are slightly larger than
Savanna woodland, mixed grass and scrub; avoids areas of
open grass. Not found in true desert.
Grass, preferring fresh young growth.
Gestation 42 days. Up to three young, usually two, are born
at any time of year. There is a peak of births in summer. Taken by
carnivores from African wild cat and Black-backed jackal
and larger predators as well as by large
Behavior and Habits
Active from dusk to dawn, emerging to
feed when the sun sets. 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 back. They are solitary although
small groups may be seen together on areas with good grazing.
A scrub hare that detects a potential predator moves off with a rocking-horse action that flashes the
white underside of the tail, signaling to the predator that 1) it has
been detected and has lost the element of surprise
and 2) that the scrub hare is strong and healthy and that a chase would result in
a profitless expenditure of energy on the predator's part. 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.
A chirping call when disturbed at night.
A loud squeal when caught.
Dung and Field sign
Small heaps of pellets about 1-1.5cm long, slightly oval and
flattened, 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 between them.