Leopards

By: Kathy Feeney

What is this animal?

This creature sometimes runs by so fast, that people cannot make out what it is. After chasing down its prey, it carries the carcass up into a tree to feast on. This is not a cheetah or a jaguar. It is a leopard, also known as Panthera pardus.

The Leopard itself

Leopard


In order to get to know the leopard, it would be good to start out with its habitat. Leopards are found in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Everybody knows that the leopard is famous for being fast. The cheetah, jaguar, and leopard are known as the sports cars of all cats.

Some things included in the leopard's diet are small mammals, monkeys, rodents, deer, reptiles and birds.

Not many things are interested in eating the leopard, but some of the animals it has to look out for are baboons, lions, tigers, hyenas, and sometimes even other leopards.

A mother leopard is capable of breeding at two years, and will have two to three cubs, after a pregnancy lasting about 100 days.

Leopards vary from 3-6 feet long weighing around 140 pounds. In order to identify a leopard people have to look for a brown, tawny color, with rosettes, unlike a jaguar that has small spots in the middle of its rosettes.

Not many people probably know this, but the leopard is 10 times stronger than a human with the same weight. The leopard’s hearing is also two times better than a human’s. The biome the Panthera pardus would be able to survive in is the savannah (grassland). The leopard must be able to adapt to these climates..Some people may think that tails are just a useless thing that leopards have. Actually they help them keep their balance when they are walking on mountains or cliffs, and to help them steer when running after their prey.

The leopard is an amazing animal and several people should want to learn about the leopard and its environment


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Vocabulary:

prey- an animal hunted or seized for food, especially by a carnivorous animal.

Panthera pardus- the latin name for leopard or panther

breeding- the producing of offspring.

rosettes- any arrangement, part, object, or formation more or less resembling a rose.

adapt- to make suitable to requirements or conditions; adjust or modify fittingly:

Leopards

By: Kira Bieber