Snow Leopard

Megan Sinnaeve Period 8 5/16/16

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Habitat

Snow Leopards are found in the mountains of Central Asia. They also can be found in the Himalayan Mountains, India, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bhutan. Snow Leopards spend most of their time in the snow and on land (Snow Leopards for Kids). All Snow Leopards live on the North side of the equator.

Movement

Snow Leopards have four legs and they are very excellent jumpers. Snow Leopards can leap as far as fifty feet. Snow Leopards are capable of running and sprinting super quick for pretty short distances (Snow Leopards for Kids). The Snow Leopard is relies on it’s tail for balance. They walk calmly and quietly. But, when they spot their prey, they start to sneak up on it then run so fast so they could attack that prey.
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Body Covering

Snow Leopards have very thick, pale-grey hair, with brown spots around the whole body. They have long and an abundant amount of fur. The tail appears very thick because of the amount of fur on it. By far, the tail is much larger than the size of a house cat, or a medium- sized canine (National Geographic). They have large paws so they don’t sink into the snow. Their spotted fur helps them blend into their surroundings in case of any predators and to easily catch prey. They have a wide, short nose which heats up the air that goes into the lungs (Snow Leopard Trust). Snow leopards shed their fur.
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Diet

Some Snow Leopards kill and eat deer, rodents, and birds. But, most Snow Leopards eat sheep, goats, and small mammals. They also eat livestock if they have to, but there are consequences. Snow Leopards hunt in the night and when they catch their prey, they run very fast (World Book Advanced). Snow Leopards are very powerful, they can even take down prey that is three times it’s own weight. The three main animals that they kill and eat are blue sheep, or bharal, and wild goats.
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Reproduction

On average, there are about 2-3 cubs born per season or year. Snow Leopards usually have a gestation period of 90-100 days, so cubs are usually born between May and June (Snow Leopard Trust). The cubs are usually born in a rocky cave, or den. Cubs are born with their eyes shut, and they are totally helpless. In about 20 months, the cubs become more independent and help themselves. They even start to live by themselves by that time (snow Leopard Trust).
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Adaptations

Humans kill Snow Leopards for it’s luxurious fur, and farmers kill them to protect their livestock. If the Snow Leopard eats or attempts to eat a farmer's livestock, the consequence is they get killed by the farmer (Snow Leopard Trust). Snow Leopards are most active at dawn and dusk to sneak around. They usually go around by themselves. Also, they aren’t aggressive towards humans (Snow Leopard Trust). Snow Leopards shed fur so they could leave a little mat or rug where they could sleep on.

Other Info


  • There are about 5,000 to 7,000 snow leopards living in the wild today
  • Snow Leopards can't roar
  • The scientific word for snow leopard is Panthera Uncia
  • They weigh up to 60-120 lbs
  • They are as long as 4 to 5 ft
  • Their tail is as long as 36 in

Work Cited




“Characteristics of Life.” The Snow Leopard. Joseph Meacham, n.d. Web. 12 May 2016. <http://snowleopardbiodiversityproject.weebly.com/characteristics.html>.

“Physical Features of Snow Leopards.” Snow Leopard Trust. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2016. <http://www.snowleopard.org/learn/cat-facts/physical-features>.

“Snow Leopard.” National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2016. <http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/snow-leopard.htmli>.

“Snow Leopard.” World Book Online Reference Center. Darla Hillard and Rodney Jackson, n.d. Web. 10 May 2016. <http://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/article?id=ar516840&st=snow+leopard#tab=homepage>.

“Snow Leopard (Panthera Uncia).” Wildscreen Arkive. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2016. <http://www.arkive.org/snow-leopard/panthera-uncia/image-G29667.html>.

“Where Do Snow Leopards Live?” Snow Leopards For Kids. Snow Leopard Conservancy, n.d. Web. 11 May 2016. <http://www.snowleopardconservancy.org/kids/text/leopardslive.htm>.