Why does the Clouded Leopard have a long, thick tail?
Because it helps them to maintain their balance as they climb trees and jump from one branch to another. Their tail is as long as their body, so if the Clouded Leopard is 3 feet long then their tail is also 3 feet long. They are not the largest cat species, but they are not the smallest wild cat. They are unique because they can meow like a small cat species and they can growl like a large cat.
Here are a few more quick facts about this amazing creature when they are full grown:
- Height: 10-16 inches at shoulders.
- Length: 2-3 feet ( plus their tail also measures 2-3 feet).
- Weight: Males average 45-60 lbs; females average 25-30 lbs. This is the greatest difference between male and female weight among the wild cats.
- Lifespan: We do not know how long Clouded Leopards live in the wild, but we think they can live 11 years. We know that Clouded Leopards in captivity have lived up to 19 years.