Mainland Asia and Taiwan
Lowland tropical forests
Birds, squirrels, monkeys, deer, and pigs
Up to 50 lbs.
2 - 3 ft.
Up to 3 ft.
86 - 93 days
2 - 5 cubs
- The clouded leopard is the smallest of the big cats, but it is one of the best climbers in the cat family.
- A clouded leopard's grip is so firm that it can climb upside down underneath tree branches and hang from branches with its hind feet.
- Its flexible ankle joints can rotate backward, allowing the cat to climb down tree trunks headfirst, just like a squirrel.
- The clouded leopard has the longest canine teeth in relation to body size of all living cats.
There is little known about the behavior or status of these shy, elusive cats. Their range once covered most of Southeast Asia, but it has shrunk due to habitat destruction and human poaching. Despite laws protecting these cats, they are highly endangered in some areas.
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