Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53873

Scientific Classification

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

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:65-100 cm
Weight:6-31 kg
Identification:The bobcat has a short tail, small ear tufts, and a barred and spotted coat with black or variable shades of brown fur. Its undersides are white, and the tip of the tail is black.
Habitat:Chaparral, brush, swamps, forests
Diet:Carnivore: small mammals, birds
Reproduction:After a gestation period of 50 days, the female gives birth to a litter of 1-6 young. The kittens leave the den at five weeks of age and begin hunting with their mother when they are 3-5 months old.
Bobcats are solitary.
Behavior:While they are mostly terrestrial, bobcats do climb trees if necessary.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Bobcats use scent and visual signals such as urine, feces, anal gland secretions, and scratches in the ground to ward off intruders and mark their territory.

Other Information

Geographic:North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:feline
Bobcat
cat
Bobcat -- Infancy
Lynx (Genus)
Felidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals