Did you know that the snow leopard is capable of killing prey three times its own size? A snow leopard is a kind of leopard that can be found throughout the mountains of Asia, Afghanistan, Russia, and many other places.
The snow leopard’s coat is thicker than most cats’ coats, which makes the leopard appear bigger than it actually is. Its tail is very thick and helps the snow leopard’s balance. Their tail has a very important role; when it is cold outside the snow leopard puts its tail around its body to keep warm. The paws also have an important role; it has thick fur on each foot protecting it from the snow. When it is summer the fur insulates the feet from the hot surface from getting burned.
When on the mountains, their hind legs are very useful. The hind legs are strong meaning they could jump extremely high - almost 50 feet in one jump! Last but not least is their skull. The skull has a bigger than normal nose because it has to adapt to the cold weather and being up in high places, such as mountains, where there is less oxygen.
The closest relative of the snow leopard is the clouded leopard. It lives in the tropical forest and is also nocturnal. Unlike the snow leopard, the clouded leopard has a thinner coat of fur.
Right now the snow leopard is considered endangered because there has been illegal trading of its coat. We all know that the snow leopard fur is pretty, but are you sure you want to wear it?
The snow leopard is the most beautiful and unique animal I know. They have their own style of doing things. Next time you are in the cold, think about how the snow leopard has to adapt to that.
[Source: The Encyclopedia of Animals]