Big-Cat Predators Hunt Large Prey

Lions, cheetahs, and jaguars are often placed in the same category, but they are very different.

Lions live in groups, known as prides, in Africa, south of the Sahara desert. They hunt antelope, buffalo, and zebras they also eat smaller reptiles and mice. They leave impressive tracks as they are the largest of the African big cats. Lion bodies are eight and a quarter feet long and their tails are three and a quarter feet long.

In comparison, the average cheetah body is four and a quarter feet long with a tail that averages 31.4 inches in length. Similar to lions, they eat antelopes, gazelles, hares, birds, and smaller mammals. They’ll eat smaller reptiles too. Cheetahs live in three different habitats: semi-desert, grassland, and scrub. Unlike lions, cheetahs also live in Asia and India.

Their paw tracks are unique compared to other big cats. Their claws are visible because they can’t retract them, which means they can’t pull in their claws like lions or jaguars can. Partly because of its claws, the cheetah is the fastest land animal. Cheetahs can run up to 70 miles per hour, making them the fastest.

In contrast, jaguars, the largest cat in South America, are six and a quarter feet in length. Their tail is 23 and a half inches. They eat peccaries, tapirs, caimans, and fish. Jaguars live in deep forests and are rarely seen.

Lions, cheetahs, and jaguars are very interesting big cats.

[Source: Big Cats]