Bobcat Lynx rufus

This cat gets its name from its short, bobbed tail. Slightly smaller, but similar in appearance to their cousin the lynx, bobcats vary in color from beige to brown with lined or spotted markings in dark brown or black.

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ORIGIN:
North America

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HABITAT:
Forests, swamps, deserts and suburban areas

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
M: 16-28 lbs; F: 10-18 lbs
Length: 254-41 in
Height: 17-23 in

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DIET:
Small game such as rabbits, mice and birds

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PREDATORS:
Cougars and wolves; bobcat kittens preyed upon by coyotes and owls

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Retractable claws and sharp teeth

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REPRODUCTION:
Gestation: 50-70 days; Litter: 1-6 kittens

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THREATS:
Hunted for fur, habitat destruction

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
12-13 yrs

GALLERY

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CONTACT BREVARD ZOO

8225 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32940

phone: 321.254.9453

fax: 321.259.5966

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