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Lynx are cats that are related to tigers, lions, domestic cats, jaguars and other members of the Felidae family. The bobcat is one of the four species of lynx. These cats are unique from their relatives by their compact legs, stubby tail and erect ears topped with pointed, black tufts of fur.
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Key Facts & Information
Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae Genus: Lynx
Species: Lynx canadensis, Lynx lynx, Lynx pardinus and Lynx rufus.
Size & Appearance:
- Lynx have short tails, tufts of black hair on the tips of their ears, large, padded paws for walking on snow and long whiskers on their faces. Under their neck, they have a ruff, which has black bars resembling a bow tie, although this is often not visible.
- From head to rump, lynx are about 32 to 40 inches (80 to 100 cm) long. Their tails add another 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm) to their length, on average.
- Adult lynx weigh about 22 to 44 lbs (10 to 20 kilograms).
- Lynx species in Asia and Europe are larger than the species living in North America.
- The largest lynx is the Eurasian lynx. It is 31 to 43 inches (80 to 110 cm) long and weighs 33 to 64 lbs. (15 to 29 kg).
- The shortest lynx is the bobcat, which is 26 to 41 inches (65 to 105 cm) long.
- The lightest lynx is the Canada lynx, which weighs 11 to 37 lbs. (5 to 17 kg).
Habitat & Habits:
- Most lynx are built for the cold, with thick fur coats and special paws. They live in the cooler areas of northern Europe, North America and Asia.
- Living in snowy areas, their strong and thick paws that spread when they walk, make it easier to walk. It is like having built-in snowshoes. These are also covered in thick fur for added protection.
- The lynx’s keen vision earns this cat legendary status in the myths of many cultures. In Greek, Norse and North American mythology, the lynx sees what others can’t, and its role is revealing hidden truths. It is the national animal of Romania.
- Lynx are nocturnal, hunting at night and sleeping during the day. They sleep in caves, rock crevices and brush.
- Lynx are solitary and are very territorial. Sometimes, after leaving their mother, siblings will stick together for a while. They eventually go their separate ways, though.
- Lynx, like other cats, are carnivores, which means they only eat meat. Thanks to their excellent sense of hearing, lynx can easily locate their prey. They are stalk-and-ambush hunters.
- Canada lynx eat mice, squirrels, and birds, but prefer the snowshoe hare.
- Eurasian lynx hunt deer and other larger prey in addition to small animals.
- The Iberian lynx mostly depends on wild rabbits to feed, but it will also eat ducks, young deer and partridges if rabbit densities are low.
- The bobcat preys on rabbits and hares. It will also hunt various creatures, from insects to deer.
- A male lynx becomes mature at about 2.5 years old while females mature at 2 years old. They mate in early spring or late winter.
- The female’s gestation period is 62 to 73 days before she gives birth. A group of baby lynx is called a litter; individual cats in the litter are called kittens. A litter usually consists of one to eight kittens, each weighing about 6 to 14 ounces (175 to 400 g).
- The kittens nurse for 4-5 months. At 10 months, they become independent and leave their mother when they reach a year old.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Lynx across 22 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Lynx worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Lynx which are cats that are related to tigers, lions, domestic cats, jaguars and other members of the Felidae family.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Lynx Facts
- Quick Quiz
- Certified Prehistoric
- Lynx Rufus
- Lynx Canadensis
- Eurasian Lynx
- Lynx lynx
- Lynx Pardinus
- Rare Breed Watch
- Lynx Bits
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