Natal red rock hare

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Natal red rock hare
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Lagomorpha
Family: Leporidae
Genus: Pronolagus
Species: P. crassicaudatus
Binomial name
Pronolagus crassicaudatus
(I. Geoffroy, 1832)
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Natal Red Rock Hare range

The Natal red rock hare or greater red rock hare (Pronolagus crassicaudatus) is a species of mammal in the family Leporidae.[2] It is found in Mozambique and South Africa.

Appearance[edit]

The animal's fur is thick and rough and the color is salt-and-pepper red while the bottom is rusty to buff. The chin is white or grayish-white and the cheeks over a broad band to the nape that contrasts with the rest of the body. The creature's weight is 1.3 to 3.1 kg.

Habitat[edit]

They eat grass, especially young grass. They live in rocky terrain like cliffs, stone outcrops and rocky gorges with edible grass. Their natural enemies are leopard, caracal and Southern African wildcat.

After a gestation period of one month one or two pups are usually born in the summer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matthee, C.; Collins, K. & Keith, M. (2008). "Pronolagus crassicaudatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  2. ^ Hoffman, R.S.; Smith, A.T. (2005). "Order Lagomorpha". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 206. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.