Enjoy learning about the Spring Hare!
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-Body: 14-17 inches
-Tail: 16-20 inches
-Weight: 6-9 lb.
A Spring Hare in a "house hold" environment.
Food and Feeding
- feed at night.
-they eat grass, roots, and tubers(potatoes, carrots, etc.) Sometimes
they eat eat insects.
-in cultivated areas, they eat corn, peanuts, sweet potatoes, and
Habitat and Habits
- live in dry areas where they can burrow in well drained loose soil.
-their claws are specifically shaped for digging
-can close its ears when they are burrowing
-may dig as many as 10 sides in their burrow
-sleep in a different area of their burrow each night
-use their burrows to escape their predators: snakes, large owls,
mongooses, and lions.
Hare and Man
-hunted for fur
-routinely hunted in cultivated areas
-a group of people may catch as many as 200 hares
-tribes eat most of the spring hare including the eyes, brain, and
-can jump a distance of 30 feet
-greatest rivals are domesticated animals
-the only species in their family!!!
-hind legs and balancing tail help it move more quickly
for More Information
Wildlife Federation Spring Hare Fact File