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The leopard is one of the five extant species in the genus Panthera, a member of the cat family, Felidae. It occurs in a wide range in sub-Saharan Africa, in some parts of Western and Central Asia, Southern Russia, and on the Indian subcontinent to Southeast and East Asia.¬†These large cats can live in almost any type of¬†habitat, including rainforests, deserts, woodlands, grassland savannas, forests, mountain¬†habitats, coastal scrubs, shrub lands and swampy areas. In fact,¬†leopards¬†live in more places than any other large cat. In Africa, lions and packs of hyenas or painted dogs can kill¬†leopards; in Asia, a tiger can do the same.¬†Leopardsgo to great lengths to avoid these¬†predators, hunting at different times and often pursing different prey than their competitors, and resting in trees to keep from being noticed. The base¬†color¬†of the¬†leopard’s¬†coat is cream-yellow on the belly and it darkens slightly to an orange-brown on the back. A dappling of solid black spots is present on the¬†leopard’s¬†limbs and head. These spots form circular rosette patterns that are golden or umber in¬†color¬†at the center. Black panthers, they are actually a breed of leopards. Black Panther¬†or¬†Black¬†Leopard is a color variant of spotted¬†Indian¬†leopards, reported from densely forested areas of south¬†India, mostly from the state of Karnataka. The Melanistic leopards also known as the ghost of the forest is not so commonly found in dense tropical rain forest of Karnataka, Kerala and Assam. Speed:¬†58¬†km/h (Maximum, Running)Scientific name:¬†Panthera pardusLifespan:¬†12 ‚Äď 17¬†yearsFamily:¬†FelidaeKingdom:¬†AnimaliaMass:¬†Male: 31¬†kg (South Africa’s coastal mountains population), Female: 23 ‚Äď 27¬†kg (Somalia population)


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