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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Felidae
Genus:Felis
Genus species:Felis caracal

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:55-75 cm
Height:43 cm
Weight:16-23 kg
Identification:The caracal has a reddish-brown to yellow-gray coat, white undersides, tufted ears, and long legs.
Habitat:Savannas, open plains, semi deserts, sand deserts
Diet:Carnivore: rodents, small mammals, birds, reptiles
Reproduction:The gestation period for caracals is 70-75 days long. One to four cubs are born and are weaned six months after birth.
Caracals are usually solitary.
Behavior:Most activity occurs at twilight.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Possibly the best hunter known, caracals have amazing speed, agility, balance, and are expert jumpers. They can hurl themselves several feet off the ground to snatch small birds from the air and are swift enough to catch several birds in one leap.

Other Information

Geographic:Africa
Asia
Date:1966-12 Subjects:African lynx
feline
cat
Caracal
Lynx
Lynx (Genus)
Felidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals