Blogging Thru the Alphabet – Animals – L is for Leopard

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I’m joining in the Blogging Through the Alphabet series with Through the Calm and Through the Storm as well as Adventures with Jude. I will be having animals as my theme.

Here are my past posts in case you missed them:

A for Aardvark    B for Badger    C for Capybara    D for Dodo    E for Eagles  F for Falcons

G if for Giraffe  H for Hedgehog   I for Ibis    J for Jackal   K for Killer Whale

Today we will discuss the leopard!

Scientific name: Panthera pardus

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They live in sub-Saharan Africa, northeast Africa, Central Asia, India, and China. Leopards live in a variety of habitats including forests, mountains, grassland and deserts.

Leopards tend to have distinctive dark spots called rosettes, which create beautiful patterns against their otherwise light fur. Black leopards however have dark fur which makes it difficult to see the spots. They appear almost solid black and are often called black panthers.

After tigers, lions and jaguars – the leopard is the fourth largest cat in the world. They grow to only 3 to 6 feet long. Their tail adds another 25 to 39 inches to their length. (A leopard’s tail is just about as long as its entire body which helps it with balance and enables it to make sharp turns quickly.) Males and females vary in weight. Females typically weigh 46 to 132 pounds and males usually weigh around 80 to 165 lbs.

Leopards eat small hoofstock such as gazelle, impala, deer and wildebeast. On occasion, they may also hunt monkeys, rodents and birds.

The leopard is so strong and so comfortable in trees that it often pulls its food up into the trees to eat! They often rest in tree branches as well. They are also strong swimmers who are very comfortable in the water!  In short bursts, the leopard can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, and it can jump up to 10 feet high.

They are nocturnal (meaning they are awake at night). For the most part they are solitary animals (meaning they normally live alone).

Females normally give birth to two cubs that are greyish with barely visible spots. Mom moves them from location to location (to keep them safe) until they are ready to go out on their own – often around two years of age.

I hope you enjoyed learning about these amazing animals as much as I did! Come back next week when we cover the letter M and learn about the Macaw.

Now go check out all the other posts of those who are joining in with Blogging Through the Alphabet. They can post this entire week so make sure to check back and see what has been added!

Enjoy the journey!

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2 thoughts on “Blogging Thru the Alphabet – Animals – L is for Leopard

  1. Tim January 21, 2016 at 8:06 am Reply

    I didn’t realize that leopards could run that fast! I also thought they were bigger than that.

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  2. Annette Tinholt Vellenga January 24, 2016 at 4:56 pm Reply

    great to learn more about the Leopard

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