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Where do panthers live?

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Panthers live in the western United States, Florida, western Canada and southern South America. Panthers can be found in deserts, prairies, swamps and forests. They are known by several other names, such as cougar, puma and mountain lion, depending on the region, but are primarily called pumas by scientists.

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Where do panthers live?
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Panthers are a tawny color, with a white underside and darker hair on the back. Those living in warmer areas tend to be a darker reddish brown while those in colder areas are almost silver-gray. Males tend to weigh up to 60 percent more than the females. Panthers have large paws with sharp claws, which they use to kill prey. They mainly hunt during dawn and dusk, using their sharp eyesight to spot prey moving in their area.

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    How much do panthers weigh?

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    Average male panthers weigh between 130 and 160 pounds, and average female panthers weigh between 70 and 100 pounds. Panthers in North America are a subspecies of the Puma family that also includes mountain lions and cougars. The animals known as panthers in Asia and Africa are actually leopards.

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    What is a group of animal panthers called?

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    There is no specific term used to describe a group of panthers, likely as a result of the solitary behavior that the animal exhibits. The word "panther" is used as a general reference to the black cats belonging to the Panthera genus. It is not a distinct species.

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    What do Florida panthers eat?

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    The white-tailed deer is a primary food source for the Florida panther, but they also eat rabbits, raccoon, wild boar and other small animals. The Florida panther is a critically endangered species. It's estimated that fewer than 200 of them exist in the wild, as of 2015.

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    How many types of panthers are there?

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