TITLE

Leopard

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Leopard, a meat-eating animal of Africa, Asia, and the East Indies. The leopard, which is about 4 � feet (140 cm) long with a 30-inch (80-cm) tail, is smaller than its close relatives, the lion and the tiger, but it makes up in speed, agility, and ferocity what it lacks in size. Males weigh from 80 to 200 pounds (36 to 90 kg); females, about two-thirds as much as the males. Most leopards are tawny, covered with rosettes made up of circles of black spots. The rosettes provide protective coloration for the leopard in its natural habitat�forests and grasslands. Some leopards are black. They are called panthers. Panthers inhabit dense rain forests in Asia. (The name panther is also applied to the cougar, another species of cat.
ACCESSION #
37309661

 

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