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Leopard Cat

The leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) is a small wild cat of Southeast Asia. On average it is as large as a domestic cat, but there are considerable regional differences. In Indonesia the average size is 17.72 in (45 cm), plus 7.87 in (20 cm) tail. The fur is also quite variable. It is yellow in the southern populations, but silver-grey in the northern ones. The chest and the lower part of the head are white. Leopard cats bear black markings that may be dependent upon the subspecies spots or rosettes. It is a nocturnal animal, and usually eats rodents, birds, fish, reptiles, and small mammals. It is usually a solitary animal except for the mating season. It has litters of 2 to 4 kittens and the pregnancy period can vary from 65 to 70 days.

The habitat of this cat is forests and rainforest both in low and mountainous areas. They are usually not in dry areas. It lives close to watercourses and may be found in heights up to 9,843 ft (3000 m). The Leopard cat can climb trees skillfully. It is also able to swim, but will seldom do so.

The Leopard cat is a nocturnal animal hunting for rodents, hares, birds and even bats. When entering villages, they may become dangerous for the poultry.

Leopard Cat


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