Cheetah

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Design

The cheetah has smaller teeth than the other large cats. It has large, powerful claws that help grab the ground at high speeds, and larger nasal passages that allow it to take in more air during and after running. These physical features began to be used to kill prey after man’s disobedience against God.

Features

  • The cheetah is known by its distinct spots and white patches on its stomach.
  • Its spots are round or oval and usually measure about an inch in diameter.

Fun Facts

  • The cheetah is the fastest land mammal, reaching speeds up to 70 mph (113 km/h).
  • It can turn in midair while sprinting after its prey.
  • Genetically, cheetah populations are nearly 100% homozygous. The only other known populations like this are the white lab rats and lab mice, which are artificially bred to have this genetic quality.

Created Kind Members

Bobcat, jaguar, leopard, lion, tiger, cougar, housecat

CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)

ORDER: Carnivora (meat-eating)

FAMILY: Felidae (cat kind)

GENUS/SPECIES: Acinonyx jubatus

Size: 2–3 ft (0.7–0.9 m) tall; around 4 ft (1.4 m) long

Weight: 110–143 lbs (50–65 kg)

Original Diet: Plants

Present Diet: Antelope, birds, rabbits, and porcupines

Habitat: Grasslands and savannas of Africa and eastward to India