Weight: 150 pounds
Head/Body: 41 inches
Tail: 35 inches
A rare cat, the snow leopard is a large,
graceful cat with a long, lithe build. Its coat is smoke gray with dark
gray spots in broken rosettes.
The snow leopard may be found above the
tree line in the high mountains of central Asia, where it hunts by day,
from the ground, and seeks grazing animals and large birds.
known about this cat, partly because of its rarity and partly because of
its habitat: only a brave, mountain-climbing zoologist can study it in the
wild. Some zoologists classify the snow leopard as a lesser cat, sticking
with the genus Uncia, as its hyoid bones are intermediate between the two
extremes: it can roar softly (though louder than the clouded leopard).
Most zoologists, however, place it in the genus Panthera, and classify it
as a greater cat.