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Lepus Nigricollis, the indian hare

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The Indian hare is a large leporid with a head and body length of 40-60 cm, long ears, large, well-furred hind feet and a rather long tail of 10 cm. It is mainly found in open grassy areas, cultivated plains, semi-arid and arid plains and hills throughout the entire subcontinent, including Sri Lanka. The extremely low occurrence of the Indian hare in stone sculptures stands in sharp contrast to its wide distribution over the entire subcontinent, its vast numbers in the wild and around the villages, its position as one of most hunted and trapped animals and its positive roles in narratives. This lack may be caused by its small size, which makes it more difficult to render it carefully, especially in combination with larger animals or humans. The depiction of a hare on one of the steatite seals from Harappa (c. 2,000 B.C.E.) is therefore the more surprising.

Keywords: Indian hare; Lepus Nigricollis; stone sculptures



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