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Snow Leopard

The snow leopard (Panthera uncia uncia) is a highly endangered, moderately large cat.

Size: Snow leopards are four to five feet long, with three-foot tails, and may weigh over 160 pounds.

Life span: Snow leopards normally live for 15-18 years, but may live for up to 20 years in captivity.

Color: These felines are known for their pale, spotted coats. Its color varies from pale gray to creamy smoke gray, and its underparts are whitish.

Continent: Central Asia

Range: Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Habitat: In the summer they live in the alpine meadows and rocky areas, and in the winter they often follow migrating prey down into the forest.

Food: The snow leopard's prey includes wild sheep, wild boar, hares, mice, deer, and other small mammals. They also feed on domestic livestock.

Reproduction: Birth usually occurs from April to June after a gestation period of 90-103 days. Two or three young are born in a rocky shelter lined with the mother's fur, and they begin to hunt with their mothers at the age of two.

Fun Fact: The snow leopard cannot roar, because of an incomplete ossification of the hyoid bone.

Conservation: Man is the only predator that the Snow leopard must face, as it is hunted for its skin and fur. It is an endangered species; approximately 6,000 live in the wild.