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Facts About Cheetahs For Kids

By Edited Sep 25, 2016 0 0

The Cheetah is a big spotted cat that lives in Africa's grasslands and is well known as the fastest land animal on the planet, they have been clocked running as fast as 63 mph!

Cheetahs typically eat every two to five days. They are big cats, but remain slender, graceful and light and are found primarily on the African Plains. The Cheetah is a carnivore (meat eater) who eats mostly gazelles, springbok and impalas, as well as the occasional wildebeest, zebra and hare.

Young cubs start eating meat at around 6 to 8 weeks of age but still suckle off the female for up three or four months until weaning and will probably stay with their mother for about 12 months. Cubs are smoky in color with long, woolly hair known as a mantle which runs down their backs.

Here are some more interesting facts about Cheetahs for Kids.

They can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3. 4 seconds and can reach 65 mph when chasing their favorite antelope prey.

Prefer grasslands where they have plenty of room to chase and capture their prey.

Have lean bodies, long legs, a large heart and expansive lungs.

Run at around 60 mph, though they can only maintain that speed for a few seconds.

Are carnivores, eating mainly mammals under 40 kg, including gazelles, impala, gnu calves, and hares.

Need long grasses to provide cover and camouflage.

Once lived on grassy plains throughout Africa and across the Middle East into central Asia and India.

Are skinny and have almost no body fat. They’re claws are dull and can’t be retracted. Its tail is like a rudder to catch its prey.

Are a golden brown color beneath all those spots.

Blend in with the grasses on the flatlands.

Take only about 20 seconds to catch their prey.

Are generally solitary creatures, hunting in late mornings and early evenings.

A chase lasts from twenty to sixty seconds, and only half of the chases are effective.

Live and hunt in the same general area as lions and leopards but unlike these larger cats, cheetahs rely on speed not strength to capture prey.

They can hit their top speed after only a couple of steps.

Do not drink much, about once every 3 to 4 days. Cheetahs depend more on their vision rather than scent while hunting.

Weigh between 75 and 120 pounds, but their slender torsos are nothing more than stripped down chassis for fabulous legs.

Cheetahs have shorter upper canine teeth, which make way for enlarged nostrils which in turn permit good air flow for the huge lungs after the race and while suffocating the victim.

Cheetahs are the only cats that cannot retract their claws.



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