Bobcat is the most common wildcat found in North America, and true to its name look exactly like slightly overgrown cats. Bigger than your typical house pet, bobcats are too small to hunt people, unlike the lion.

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How big is a bobcat?

Well, despite the similarities to a house cat, bobcats are larger. An adult height is from 47.5 to 125 cm. Moreover, their characteristic stubby tail is long 9 to 20 cm. Since the tail is bobbed, thus the name for this incredible hunter. An adult stands about 30 to 60 cm at the shoulders. As far as weight concern, it can go from 14 to 40 pounds.

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Habitat.

Although they are rarely seen, they roam through much of North America and adapt well to such diverse habitats as forests, swamps, deserts, and even suburban areas. It ranges from the humid swamps of Florida to desert lands of Texas or rugged mountain areas.

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What does bobcat eat?

Fierce hunters, bobcats can kill prey much bigger than themselves. But, usually they eat rabbits, birds, mice, and squirrels. The bobcat hunts by secrecy, but delivers a deathblow with a leaping pounce that can cover even 10 feet. This cat can survive long periods without food, but when prey is abundant, she doesn’t know her measure! Yes, they eat heavily. Bobcat is highly adaptable when it comes to technique of hunting. Thus, different animal, different type of hunting. Pretty clever, isn’t it?

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Reproduction.

Bobcat is a solitary animal. Female will choose a peaceful and quiet den to raise her young. She can have up to six kittens, which will stay by her side for 9 to 12 months. During this time they will learn to hunt before setting out on their own. Since the mom is single and independent, she will interact with male only for breeding. After that, everyone goes on their own.

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Speed run up to 30 miles?

Oh, yes, this cat is very fast! Although bobcats can develop an exquisite speed, they still prefer walking. Also, they are very good at climbing. While they can swim, like most of the cats, they are not very big fans of it. Like jaguar and leopard, bobcat is also a nocturnal cat, resting over the day, and hunting during the night.

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