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Snow Leopards are solitary wild cats that live in the snowy central mountains of Asia. Snow Leopards are in danger of extinction due to loss of habitat, loss of prey, and over-hunting; few Snow Leopards are left in the wild.

Snow Leopards are fast runners, good swimmers and excellent climbers. They often hide their food in trees. The leopard's call sounds like a raspy cough, not a roar. Leopards live up to 21 years in captivity.

Anatomy: These graceful, medium-sized cats grow to be about 3 1/2 feet (1 m) long; the tail is about 3 feet (0.9 m) long. Adults weigh from 60-120 pounds (27-55 kg). Males are larger than females.

Snow Leopards have dark rosettes on a creamy white background, camouflaging them in the snow and rocks. Cubs are gray when they are born; there are 2-3 cubs in each litter.

Diet: These large cats are carnivores (meat-eaters) that hunt wild sheep, marmots, pikas, hares, birds, and other animals. Snow Leopards hunt mostly at dusk and at dawn; they are nocturnal.



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