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Asiatic Cheetah

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Asiatic Cheetah is commonly known as Iranian Cheetah. During the British colonial times in India

it was famous by the name of Hunting as Leopard. This species with the zoological name Acinonyx jubatus venaticus falls under the genus Acinonyx. The classification is as below,

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Felidae
Genus Acinonyx
Species Acinonyx jubatus

Physical Structure

The cheetah's chest is deep. Asiatic cheetah's fur is coarse, short and tan in colour with several round black spots, there are no black spots on its underside. Tails are bushy and with white tuft. Heads are small with high-set eyes with a "tear mark". It is the fastest of all terrestrial animals and the adult cheetah can reach speeds of over 110 km/h (60mph).

The adult cheetah weighs from 35 to 72 kg (77 to 160 lb). Its total head-and-body length is from 110 to 150 cm (43 to 59 in), while the tail can measure 60 to 84 cm (24 to 33 in) in length. Cheetahs are 66 to 94 cm (26 to 37 in) tall at the shoulder.

Males tend to be slightly larger than females but there is not a great variation in cheetah sizes and it is difficult to tell males and females apart by appearance alone. Compared to a similarly sized leopard, the cheetah is generally shorter-bodied, but is longer tailed and taller (it averages about 90 cm (35 in) tall) and so it appears more streamlined.

The cheetah's life span is about 10-15 years.

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