The African Cheetah
- Cheetahs have distinctive spotted coats to help blend in with the environment.
- Cheetahs only have to drink every 3-4 days, this feature helps cheetahs adapt to arid climates.
- Cheetahs have non-retractable claws for easy access to gripping the ground when running.
- Cheetahs have large nostrils, and very large lungs for faster oxygen intake.
- Cheetahs do not hunt during the night because they cant see their prey in the dark.
- Cheetahs sneak up very close to their prey before running after it. This increases a cheetahs chances of catching their prey.
- After capturing prey a cheetah finds a hiding spot to eat it so it doesn't get stolen by other animals that are looking for food too.
Interesting Cheetah Facts
- Cheetahs don't roar they chirp to their young ,purr and growl when threatened.
- Cheetahs are the only big cat that can turn in the air while sprinting.
- The name "Cheetah" comes from Indian word meaning "Spotted one".
- Cheetahs have tear marks going down their face to shield their eyes from the sun to catch prey.
- When running full speed their stride is 6-7 meters long.
- A cheetah can run 68-75 mph. at full speed.
- Young cheetahs have thick fur with a white stripe down their back. This makes the cub look like a Honey badger hiding in the grass. A Honey badger is a small mammal, about the size of a cheetah cub, that is fierce and can scare away a full grown lion when threatened. This feature keeps the cheetah safe while the mother hunts for food.
- Cheetahs eat Gazelle, Antelope, and Hares.