Rabbit footprints in sand, showing typical hopping gait.
When a rabbit hops, it places its forefeet on the ground and then swings its hind legs forward so the hindfeet land in front of the fore feet. The gap between each set of prints is made when the animal hops off the ground altogether. Distinguished in this case from hare prints because the size of fore and hind prints are about the same size, whereas a hare's hindfoot prints are usually larger than the forefoot prints of the same animal.
Photograph: by Astrid van Meeuwen-Dijkgraaf, taken at Castlepoint Beach