Clouded Leopard

Clouded leopard

Neofelis nebulosa

 Quick Facts

Found: Southeast Asia
Clouded leopard
Size: 4 to 5 feet with tail
Weight: 25 to 55 pounds
Diet: deer, boar, birds, primates
Life Span: 15 to 17 years
Status: Endangered

The clouded leopard gets its name from the large blotches on its fur that resemble clouds.  They can open their jaws wider than any other cat’s, and its tooth development is most like that of the extinct sabertooth cat.   A clouded leopard’s 2-inch-long canine teeth are the same size as those of a tiger, even though tigers are 10 times larger in body size.  They are superb hunters because of their flexibility in the trees.  They can leap from one branch to another and climb down a trunk headfirst, like a squirrel, move along on the underside of a branch, like a sloth and hang down from a branch using only its hind legs, leaving its forelegs free to grab prey.  They are also excellent swimmers.  They are considered a medium size cat, neither large or small. They rest like a large cat, but purr like a small cat.  Males can be more than twice the size of females. This is the largest gender size difference in the cat family.  

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