Black Panther's bY CONNOR VARNEY

Scientific Name

Black panthers are scientifically known as the Panthera Pardues, or the Panthera Onca

Range of black panther's

Like all light-colored leopards, an adult black panther is solitary. Each of them lives by itself in a territory also known as the home range. A female's home range is usually smaller than that of a male. The size of a black panther's territory is from 4 to 12 square miles (10 to 31 square kilometers)

Diet

Panthers are strictly carnivores: they only eat meat. About 90 % of their diet is feral hog, white-tailed deer, raccoon, and armadillo. Occasionally they consume rabbits, rats, and birds, and on rare occasion alligators

Physical description

Black panthers are members of the big cat family. Their physical appearance has some similarities to that of other big cats, but, since black panthers inhabit vast geographic areas in all kinds of climates and conditions, their physical appearance varies widely.

It is not so easy to distinguish black leopards from black jaguars. Black jaguars are usually bigger than black leopards. Black jaguars have shorter tails and heavier bodies. They also have bigger heads, shorter and stockier legs, and bigger paws relative to their thick muscular bodies. Black leopards look more elegant and slimmer, while black jaguars look more powerful.

Like other big cats, black panthers have long and sensitive whiskers, which can guide their way through thick undergrowth in the dark. They have very long and pointed canine teeth, which help them grasp and kill their prey. The long and thick tails of black panthers help them keep balance well. Their sharp claws come in handy for climbing trees and for hunting. Their cup-shaped ears can pinpoint the exact source of sound. Black panthers have relatively short but powerful legs. When close, they can pounce on their prey with amazing speed

Breeding information

Typically, female leopards reach sexual maturity around two years of age. They usually give birth to their first litter when they are about two-and-a-half years old. Males are capable of mating at about two years old. Because of competition from older and stronger males, however, young males usually have to wait for their chance to mate until three to four years of age.

Adult leopards live alone for most of time. Male and female leopards get together only to mate; they avoid each other as much as possible outside mating season. Mating pairs seldom stay together for more than a few days. When a female leopard is ready for mating, she makes sawing noises to attract a male partner. She also leaves scent marking for males to follow. Fights can happen between males during the mating season. As soon as mating is over, the male cat goes his own way. The male will take no part in raising the cubs.

special behavior or unique anatomy

Black Panther Behavior. Habits. Black panthers have unique behaviors or habits which are different from those of other big cats or pet cats. As members of the big cat family, black panthers can roar while other small cats, such as house cats, bobcats, lynx, and cougars, purr but cannot roar.

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