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  • The sand cat

    The sand cat is my favourite animal. This animal is not only cute and fluffy but it is a very intelligent animal as well. There ears are extremely good at detecting movement, as the furry little creature hunts at night.
    The sand cat will excavate a den with its bare paw. The creature sweats as it looks at its new den, as if saying I am one with the paw.

    It then takes pride and sits in its den until dusk. When night time comes it goes out in search of its favourite meal... the gerbil. It walks above the ground listening for any movement under the surface.
    Once it hears a gerbil, it digs. It digs until it sees its prey then it consumes it. This sand cat also eats other rodents as well as birds... it eats the odd lizard or snake as well. The sand cat usually travels for an average of 5.4 km a night in search of food. According to the Tuareg people, the sand cat is capable of killing a venomous snake.

    The female gives birth to an average of 3 cubs which are ready to mate at 1 year old. The cubs become independent at about 7 months.

    Sand cats can grow to a length of 45-57cm (18-22 1/2in), the tail being 28-35cm (11-14in), and can weigh from 1.5-3.5kg (3 1/4-7 3/4lb).

    The sand cat species is made up of several subspecies. The two main subspecies are African sand cats and Asian sand cats. The Sand cat is capable of surviving in both extremely hot and cool temperatures from 23 F (-5 C) to 126 F (52 C). The sand cat is mainly adapted to heat with its extra big ears helping it to not over heat.

    The sand cat needs such little water it gets all the moisture it needs from its food but it will have the odd sip of water when possible.

    I hope you love this creature as much as I do.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: The sand cat started by Caracal View original post
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      LPC -
      Thank you for this article, Caracal!
    1. Caracal's Avatar
      Caracal -
      Your welcome.

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