Sand cat

The sand Cat (Felis margarita) is a small wild cat 19.69 inches (50 cm) long, plus an 11.81 in (30 cm) tail. It is distributed over African and Asian deserts. The name “Desert Cat” is reserved for a subspecies of the true Wild Cat, but it would go better with this species. It lives in those dry areas that are even too hot and dry for the Desert Cat. These areas are the Sahara, the Arabian Desert, and the deserts of Iran and Pakistan.

The head is conspicuously broad and the ears are large and pointed. The color of the fur is a sandy yellow, with pallid bars. The bars are sometimes hardly visible. Generally the bars are more visible in the African subspecies. The tip of the tail is black. The paws are covered with long hairs in order to protect the skin against the hot sand.

In the daytime the sand cat hides under rocks. At night it hunts for rodents, lizards and insects.