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Snow leopards[1]

  1. 1. Snow Leopards<br />By Reed <br />
  2. 2. Taxonomy<br />Kingdom: Animal Scientific name: Pantherauncia<br />Phylum: Chordates (11)<br />Class: Mammalia<br />Order: Carnivora<br />Family: Felidae<br />
  3. 3. Physical Characteristics <br />The Snow Leopard looks like a big, muscular, grey cat with black dots or lines and has a small head.<br />Weight:77-120 lbs<br />Height: Around 2 feet tall<br />Female is 30% smaller than male<br />Body length is 30-50 inches; its tail is over 75% of its total length<br />The Snow Leopard is smoky grey with black dots or short lines <br />
  4. 4. Reproduction<br />The female snow leopard is in gestation for 3 to 3 1/2 months.<br />2 to 3 cubs are born at a time<br />The mother cares for the cubs and they are her main priority until they leave. The males are not involved in the cubs growing.<br />Cubs are born in late July or August and stay with their mother through the first winter.<br />Cubs learn to hunt by watching their mother<br />Mating season starts in January through mid-March<br />
  5. 5. Habitat<br />Snow leopards live mostly in northern and central Asia. <br />The range they live in covers 2 million square kilometers of land.<br />The snow leopard’s habitat is very cold, snowy and mountainous.<br />The snow leopard is terrestrial. <br />The snow leopard is very territorial which is why it is rarely seen.<br />They nest in small ,hidden dens<br />The snow leopard is extremely endangered and its fur is made into purses and coats<br />
  6. 6. Food<br />Snow leopards primarily eat wild goat, sheep and deer. But they will also eat rodents, hares and birds.<br />The snow leopard is at the very top of its food chain<br />Eat large prey over time and stat near it so scavengers can’t eat it<br />Snow Leopard Food Chain<br />
  7. 7. Interesting Facts<br />Snow Leopards are rarely seen due to their reclusive and shy nature.<br />Snow Leopards cannot growl unlike every other type of cat.<br />Able to leap 50 feet horizontally! Able to jump 20 feet vertically! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a snow leopard!<br />Look at its huge tail<br />
  8. 8. Physical Adaption's<br />Snow leopards have large teeth and 4 sharp fangs that allow it to tear apart meat.<br />Has really long fur to keep itself warm<br />Has large paws that work as snowshoes to allow it to run without sinking into snow.<br />Snow Leopards have grey fur that make it camouflage.<br />Have short forelimbs and long hind legs that allow it to climb steep, rugged terrain.<br />Has small ears that flatten making it less noticeable to prey.<br />
  9. 9. Physical Adaption's Continued<br />The snow leopard’s extremely large tail allow it to stay balanced.<br />Have big eyes that let the snow leopard see at night.<br />The snow leopard has a really furry bell to trap heat inside.<br />Snow leopards have a large nose and lungs that let it breathe at high altitudes<br />Large Tail<br />Teeth<br />Furry Belly<br />Big eyes<br />
  10. 10. Behavioral Adaptations<br />When cold they put tail around head and bury into snow to stay warm.<br />Hunt at dawn and dusk to stay unseen to prey<br />They are solitary animals so they will not have to shard the food they get.<br />Stalks prey from 50 ft to stay unseen <br />Leave scents and claw marks to find other snow leopards to mate with.<br />Will become nocturnal if humans are in the area<br />
  11. 11. Zoo Habitat<br />The inside cages are about 20 sq feet. The outside cage is about 45 sq feet and nearly 30 feet high so they can’t jump it.<br />Two of the three leopards can go outside.<br />2 separated females and one male leopard so they won’t fight.<br />Concrete under their feet when inside, pebbles when outside that does not let their large feet help.<br />The two snow leopard that are together have a tunnel to go outside and sit inside.<br />Glass walls and a few swings to sit in.<br />Lots of chew toys to keep teeth sharp.<br />
  12. 12. Zoo Habitat Continued<br />Lots if logs, wood, shelter and even small dens to maintain their solitary behavior.<br />Vegetation to allow them to seem more in their environment.<br />Glass walls inside, metal wiring on outside with ivy covering it.<br />Drinking bowl in ground<br />The cage was very clean.<br />The snow leopards were sitting on edges of rocks and the two other snow leopards were sitting in the tunnel. <br />
  13. 13. Snow Leopard Pictures<br />
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  16. 16. The End<br />