A Little Rock Jumper , Cape Hyrax , Dassie ( Procavia Capensis ) A Small African ...

A Little Rock Jumper , Cape Hyrax , Dassie ( Procavia Capensis ) A Small African ...

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Description: A little rock jumper , Cape Hyrax , Dassie ( Procavia capensis ) A small African mammal which looks like a rodent , but is actually a member of the Afrotheria , related to elephants , sea cows , tenrecs , elephant shrews and the aardvark On the top of Table Mountain , Cape Town , South Africa lifespan is 9 12 years , with females living longer than males They are 44 54cm long , weighing 1 8 5 4kg ( males and females approximately the same size ) A small , solidly built mammal superficially resembling a guinea pig , with a short stump for a tail Its feet have rubbery soles and sweat glands which help it grip and climb rocky surfaces Part of the underside of the feet can be retracted , forming a suction cap , giving the animal extra climbing abilities The rock hyrax is covered in short , brown fur ( paler on the underside ) , with occasional longer guard hairs which are touch sensitive The ears are medium sized and rounded , the nose black and leathery , and the eyes round and dark with a pale eyebrow All hyraxes have a gland on their back , and in the Cape hyrax this is dark brown

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