Learn the Difference Between a Cheetah and a Leopard
by Max Moreno, age 9
People may easily mistake a cheetah for a leopard. However, there are many differences to look for that can help you tell these two species apart.
Did you know that cheetahs prefer to hunt in the day, whereas leopards prefer to hunt at night? A leopard at regular speed can run 37 miles per hour and up to 40 miles per hour when in danger or hunting. Leopards are known to be the shortest of all big cats, however they can be seen and described as bulky. They are also known to be good swimmers and climbers. The leopard is more aggressive than a meek cheetah and although leopards are smaller, they are stronger.
Another obvious difference between the cheetah and the leopard is that a leopard has rose-shaped spots on its fur and the cheetah has almost perfectly round spots. Cheetahs mostly hunt gazelles in their home of South Africa. They are the fastest running animals when hunting, making their speed 75 miles per hour, which is 35 miles per hour faster than the leopard’s fastest speed!
Cheetahs and leopards could be mistaken for being the same animal if one is not informed about their differences. After reading this article, you will be able to determine the differences between each one. It is important to pay attention to the small details.
[Source: National Geographic]