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What are some examples of the cheetah's adaptive mechanisms?

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Cheetahs have spots, claws and sharp teeth, which give them their unique and distinguished looks and help them survive in their native environments. Cheetahs also have biological structures that make them suited for reaching high speeds; in fact, these animals are thought to be the fastest land animals in the world. Their powerful hind legs and lightweight skeletal frames are their best assets for moving at rapid speeds.

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Cheetahs, to the natural world, are much like race cars in the automotive industry. They are sleek and lightweight, which helps them move quickly and effortlessly, covering relatively large distances in short periods of time without fatiguing. Cheetahs have long legs in comparison to their torsos, which allow them to make long strides while staying low to the ground; this motion helps them stay balanced while running quickly and adopt an aerodynamic position to reduce drag and the effects of frontal and crosswinds. Cheetahs also have spring-like tendons and joints, which allow them to stop, pivot and turn in split seconds.

The bright and distinct spots on cheetahs' lush fur coats help them stay camouflaged in tall grass or when perched high in trees. Lastly, cheetahs have long and slender tails that act as rudders, helping them to stay balanced when they run, leap and pounce.

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