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Pedetes capensis 

Actual scientific name :   Pedetes capensis 
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French name :   Ličvre sauteur
English name :   Springhare
Vernacular name :  
Kakuyu (Kikaonde); kakuyu (Lunda) ; kamendegere (Kiswahili)


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Description :   Length: 80 cm (with 40 cm of tail); weight: 3 kg. Hindlegs are long and powerful, forelegs are short, conferring it the appearance of a kangaroo. Front feet have 5 long and curved claws used to dig. Hind feet have 4 large and triangular claws. Pelage is long, yellowish or reddish buff above and beige or off-white below. Tail is long, bushy and has a broad, black and bushy tip. Head is small; ears are quite long and pointed. Eyes are large.  
Habitat :   Mainly sandy soils.  
Behaviour :   Nocturnal. During the day, rest in burrows that they dig themselves. These burrows can reach up to 46 m long with many entrances. Each burrow is occupied by one individual or by a female and its young. They move quickly by jumping on their hindlegs.  
Diet :   Bulbs, roots, seeds and shoots. Sometimes damage maize and groundnuts’ crops.  
Life history :   After about 75 days of gestation, females give birth to a young. It gets out of the burrow after 6 or 7 weeks.
Distribution in Katanga :   view map  
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