Clouded leopard is a medium-sized wild cat found in the Himalayan foothills. Obviously, the name came from its beautiful large cloud-like spots. Did you know this cat is one of the few animals that can climb down trees headfirst? Moreover, it can even open its mouth to an impressive 100-degree angle!
Where can we find the clouded leopard?
Found in the Himalayas, the south of China, and Taiwan, our leopard inhabits the primary evergreen tropical forest. Moreover, it can also be found in logged and dry tropical forest, grassland, mangrove swamp, scrubland, and coastal hardwood forest.
How does the clouded leopard look?
For start, let’s just say mesmerizing, don’t you agree? Large cloud-like spots make this cat unique and irresistible. Medium-sized, with a yellowish or grayish coat, our leopard is greatly camouflaged because of its dark brown with black edges spots. Moreover, powerful, muscular legs and strong tail make our leopard one of the best climbers in the cat family. An average length is from 24 to 43 inches, while weight varies between 25 and 51 pounds.
Diet and hunting.
Like all wild cats, the clouded leopard is also a carnivore. The main prey includes gibbons, macaques, slow loris, small deer, and wild boars. Our predator will either ambush the victim from trees or stalk from the ground. Although relatively small, this hunter is more than capable to overcome larger prey, because of its strong legs, large canines, and extreme gape.
Clouded leopards are polygynous, one male mating with multiple females. Since they are solitary animals, males will separate after breeding and do not assist in caring for the kittens, unlike the margays. The breeding occurs from December to March, and after a gestation of three months, the mother gives birth to one to five kittens. Fully active after just five weeks, the kittens then learn to hunt, and after nine months they become fully independent.
Did you know clouded leopards can live up to 17 years in captivity?
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