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There are twenty seven subspecies of leopard. The colors vary from the brown and black spotted leopard to the black leopard who also has spots though they may not be seen except in sunlight.
The leopard is found in Africa, Southern Asia and South America. It is the most widespread of the old world cats with the widest range. It is very adaptable to all environments including the forest, scrub and plains.
Leopard males can weigh from 86 to 99 pounds. Female Leopards typically weigh a third less, from 70 to 80 pounds. They are nocturnal.
The leopard attaches its prey from very close range often jumping from trees. Prey usually does not know what hit them. They are able to pull over 3 times their body weight, up to 300 pounds of a kill up a tree to protect it from larger predators. They avoid lions and tigers and their ability to climb trees protects them.
Leopards use habitual paths and conspicuous movement to mark territory although they will also use sound and spraying.
The gestation period is 90-115 days and the litter can be from 1-6 cubs although the typical number of cubs is 3. A pair of leopards will not produce enough cubs in their lifetime to make even one coat.
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