If the clouded leopard lives in an area where other wild cats live, such as tigers and common leopards, then they hunt at night (nocturnal) and live among the trees (arboreal). In areas where the clouded leopard does not compete with other wild cats for food, they spend more time active during the day and hunt on the ground.
Clouded leopards are the best climbers among all wild cats. There is a very important reason that clouded leopards can climb so well. Yes, they have a long tail (longest in proportion to their body size for all wild cat species) designed to help them balance, but they have very unusual ankles. Imagine that you want to walk backwards, it would be very difficult because our toes remain facing opposite our heels. Imagine how much easier if our ankles could rotate . . . like the clouded leopard. Their flexible ankle joints can rotate backwards allowing these talented climbers to climb down along branches and climb down tree trunks headfirst. They can even hang from a tree using just their back paws allowing their front paws to catch or hold their prey.