Cheetahs use their incredible speed to catch their prey. While cheetahs will eat just about any animal they can catch, some of their primary prey species include Thomson’s gazelles and impala. Cheetahs evolved a number of adaptations that allow them to catch these swift animals, including non-retractable claws, streamlined bodies and very large lungs. These adaptations allow cheetahs to run faster than any other living species.Know More
Cheetahs require exceptionally high quantities of oxygen to power their leg muscles. To accomplish this, cheetahs evolved very large lungs and nostrils that draw air very quickly. Cheetahs sometimes get very hot while running, so they must stop after running a short distance. Most chases do not end with kills, and cheetahs may attempt to kill several animals before succeeding in securing food.
The claws of cheetahs are always exposed, and they function as high-speed cleats that help the cats grip the ground. Cheetahs use their tails to help them balance while running at high speeds. Because cheetahs are very slight of build and lightweight, they cannot engage in combat with large competitors like lions. This means that when cheetahs make a kill, they must eat as much as they can as soon as they can before another predator steals it from them.Learn more in Large Cats
The cheetah is endangered due to a combination of genetic frailties and the adverse effects of a dwindling habitat. The species has also been decimated by farmers seeking to protect their herds.Full Answer >
Cheetahs sleep wherever they like and are typically not concerned about sleeping out in the open as long as the spot is shady. The cheetah knows how fast it is and it knows that it can quickly escape should there be a threat.Full Answer >
While seven subspecies of cheetah have been identified, five subspecies are considered valid by most taxonomists. These are Acinonyx jubatus venaticus, Acinonyx jubatus hecki, Acinonyx jubatus soemmeringii, Acinonyx jubatus raineyii and Acinonyx jubatus raddei.Full Answer >
Cheetahs communicate through scent, sound and body posture. Cheetahs detect the presence of other cheetahs in their range by smelling the urine or feces left on trees, rocks and termite mounds. By smelling such substances, cheetahs can determine the health and reproductive status of the cat who left them. Cheetahs also communicate with others of their species through a variety of vocalizations and with postures of submission or intimidation.Full Answer >