What is the maximal age a South African springhare reaches?
An adult South African springhare (Pedetes capensis) usually gets as old as 14.5 years.
South African springhares are around 78 days in the womb of their mother. When born, they weight 253 grams (0.56 lbs) and measure 7.8 cm (0′ 4″). As a member of the Pedetidae family (genus: Pedetes), their offspring is 1 babies per pregnancy. Fully grown, they reach a bodylength of 88.6 cm (2′ 11″).
As a reference: Usually, humans get as old as 100 years, with the average being around 75 years. After being carried in the belly of their mother for 280 days (40 weeks), they grow to an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″) and weight in at 62 kg (137 lbs), which is obviously highly individual.
The South African springhare (Pedetes capensis), or springhaas in Afrikaans, is not actually a hare, but a rodent. It is one of two extant species in the genus Pedetes, and is native to southern Africa. Formerly, the genus was considered monotypic and the East African springhare (P. surdaster) was included in P. capensis. Though the species look alike at a casual glance, scientific study can easily determine which is which.
Animals that reach the same age as South African springhare
With an average age of 14.5 years, South African springhare are in good companionship of the following animals:
- Giant armadillo usually reaching 15 years
- Black-mantled tamarin usually reaching 15.17 years
- Steenbok usually reaching 14 years
- Soemmerring’s gazelle usually reaching 15.5 years
- Red-fronted gazelle usually reaching 13.5 years
- Java mouse-deer usually reaching 12 years
- Mohol bushbaby usually reaching 16.5 years
- Greater fairy armadillo usually reaching 12 years
- Horsfield’s tarsier usually reaching 12 years
- Müeller’s gibbon usually reaching 14.5 years
Animals with the same number of babies South African springhare
The same number of babies at once (1) are born by:
- Gilbert’s potoroo
- Pagai Island macaque
- Ollala brothers’s titi
- Mashona mole-rat
- Mediterranean horseshoe bat
- Microcebus coquereli
- Northern fur seal
- Woosnam’s brush-furred rat
- Black-footed cat
Weighting as much as South African springhare
A fully grown South African springhare reaches around 2.55 kg (5.62 lbs). So do these animals:
- Sanford’s brown lemur weighting 2.39 kilos (5.27 lbs) on average
- Booted macaque weighting 2.75 kilos (6.06 lbs) on average
- Cape genet weighting 2.07 kilos (4.56 lbs) on average
- Stripe-necked mongoose weighting 2.38 kilos (5.25 lbs) on average
- Eastern falanouc weighting 2.78 kilos (6.13 lbs) on average
- Cape fox weighting 2.92 kilos (6.44 lbs) on average
- Wedge-capped capuchin weighting 2.79 kilos (6.15 lbs) on average
- Corsac fox weighting 2.62 kilos (5.78 lbs) on average
- Black dwarf porcupine weighting 3 kilos (6.61 lbs) on average
- Spectacled hare-wallaby weighting 2.82 kilos (6.22 lbs) on average