The Eurasian Lynx

By Nicole Shanks

Classification

Kingdom Animalia

Phylum Chordata

Class Mammalia

Order Carnivora

Family felidae

Genus lynx

Species lynx lynx


  • Closely related to: Cats / Bobcats

Habitat and Location

Europe and Siberia - inhabit forested areas with dense ungulate populations

Central Asia - open, thinly, wooded areas

Desert - rocky hills and mountains

Northern Himalayas - rocky areas and thick woodlands


  • About 2,800 live in the Carpathian Mountains in the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, and many other places

Type of diet

  • They are carnivorous animals that tend to prey on rodents but also eat deer. Some examples include rabbits, squirrels, red deer, reindeer, and moose.

Social Interaction

Mating season each year: Feburary - April


  • Once a male and receptive female encounter each other, they follow each other for days and mate many times a day
  • female no longer in estrus = male leaves to find another mate
  • females have one mate per season

Movement

  • They are skilled at climbing, swimming, jumping
  • Most active during the early morning and evening and rest under tall grass or trees
  • They can jump 2m in the air to strike

Size and Weight


  • A lynx is usually 32 - 40 in long with additional 4 - 8 in for the tail.
  • They weigh 22 to 44 lbs

Fun Facts

  • Lynx have very good eyesight and can spot prey from 250 feet away
  • They also have large, heavily padded paws that help them walk on snow