Most scientists recognize 36 or 37 species of cats, depending upon how they define a species and the latest knowledge of cat evolution. Some experts recognize as many as 41 species. Although numerous domestic cat breeds exist, common household cats derive from a single species, called Felis catus.
Scientists agree that the common house cat is a single species despite being highly variable in appearance. Most modern science on the classification of species focuses upon biochemical or genetic data, rather than outward appearance or number of similarities between creatures.
All cats, including the big cats, such as lions and tigers, belong to a single scientific grouping, called Felidae. Within that scientific grouping, scientists determine what is a species; varying scientific opinions lead to disagreements over the exact number of species in a group.Learn More
The fastest speed of a jaguar is 50 miles per hour, as documented by A-Z animals. Jaguars live on the North American continent in Texas, the Arizona mountains and the southern portions of California and New Mexico. Jaguars also live in Central and South American rain forests.Full Answer >
There is no such animal called the "snow tiger;" however, this animal names is often used to describe the snow leopard or white tiger. Snow leopards primarily feed on the blue sheep and the mountain ibex found throughout their range in Central Asia.Full Answer >
Animals that can see in the dark are known as nocturnal animals, and many of these animals are desert dwellers that evolved into nocturnal animals to avoid the extreme heat of the desert in the daytime. Nocturnal animals, including owls, cats and lemurs, have specially developed eyes that can see just as well during the nighttime hours as they can during the day.Full Answer >
White tigers are a pigment variation of the Bengal tiger and can live in a wide variety of habitats across India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan including tropical forests, mangroves and grasslands. Due to its lack of pigmentation, the white tiger can have difficulty surviving outside of captivity.Full Answer >