Springhares are found most commonly in arid and semiarid country with scant cover. Open, sandy areas are also favored, especially if these support light woodland. Heavily wooded areas are avoided. Pedetes is rarely documented in tall grass land but may enter these to feed on rhizomes. Heavily grazed areas are known to provide a useful food source because where the upper layers of grasses have been removed by larger ungulates, springhares will feed on the more succulent lower stems, often digging for roots when the above-ground plant growth has been consumed.

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