How to Tell a Cheetah and Leopard Apart



Look at the cat’s face.,
Look at the cat’s body.,
Look at the cat’s tail.,
Ask somebody.,
Check again.,
Look at the cat’s coat.,
Look at the cat’s ears.,
Listen to the cat.

Cheetahs have tear marks on their faces, which are black stripes starting from their eyes and going all the way until their mouths. Leopards don’t have tear marks.;
, Cheetahs are narrower, while leopards are fatter.

, Cheetahs have longer, thinner tails, while leopards have shorter, fatter tails. A cheetah can make sudden, sharp turns in midair when chasing prey, so its long tail help it balance when doing so.

, If you’re in a zoo (or somewhere else with other people who know about big cats) and you’ve forgotten how to tell a leopard and cheetah apart, you can always ask somebody!

, Make sure that you are not mistaking something like a leopard who has gotten something on its face that looks like tear marks to you for a cheetah!

, Cheetahs and leopard both have spots, but a cheetah has thinner spots that are just black, while a leopard has fatter, black spots with light brown in the middle.

, A cheetah has slightly smaller ears while leopards have larger ears.

, Cheetahs can purr but they can’t roar. Leopards can’t purr but they can roar.

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