April 23, 2009

The Fraternal Cats

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 1:01 pm

For years many have not been able to tell the leopard from the cheetah apart one could easily mistake the two at a glance. Leopard descendants of the Carnivorous known as the Miacids is very large, muscular predator, weighing 100kg and even more,more powerful than the cheetah with spots which are rosette in shape,covering the whole body as well as the face.

They have white eye-linings at the bottom of the eyes that assists its vision at night by amplifying light which is reflected off objects around it, into the eyes.Just like a “true cat,” all of its claws are fully retractable.

Cheetah is a tall and slender build with quite small i head in relation to its body,when compared to leopard, making the it more stream-lined.when compared to leopard, making the cheetah more stream-lined.Their nostrils are large in size to allow maximum oxygen in-take for their muscles, while running at high speeds with quite flat tails towards the end acting as a rudder to balance it while running.

Instead of having rosette shaped spots, they have single large spots (like thumb prints), covering the whole body. The front of face has very few spots and is more a light brown colour,with black “tear lines” which run from the eyes down to the sides of the mouth.Since they hunt during the day, the black “tear lines” help absorb light, to prevent a blinding effect from the bright sunlight.

The cheetah can only retract its dew claw. The dew claw is hooked onto an animal that it’s hunting to try pull it down. The rest of the claws are non-retractable, just like dogs, giving the Cheetah better grip on the ground while running both of them are found in Africa.

A jaguar is native to South America while Leopards are native to the plains of Africa. The jaguar has a shorter, stalkier build than their African cousins.the jaguar tends to have small rosettes with spots in the middle of its coat but the leopard just has plain rosettes with them becoming more like spots as they become closer to the face.

There are more distinct differences in the build of these two cats. The jaguar has an overall more muscular build. The body is compact, and the legs are more stocky than the more graceful leopard. The jaguar’s head is also more stocky, with a larger looking jaw and an overall more square appearance to the face..

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