Cheetahs vs. Leopard
These both animals are often found in sub-saharan Africa and some parts
in Asia. Both of these animals are very interesting to study. These creatures
have several similarities and differences as well. Even though these creatures have
several aspects that differentiate them, people
still have a hard time to differentiate them. People tend to assume an object
is the same because they are likely to be similar, but not every object is all
similar, there must be a small detail that can make them different. Furthermore,
there are three reasons that make cheetahs and leopards similar.
similarity is that they both belong in Felidae family. “There are 36 species of cats in
this family. Species in this family are found in all areas of the world, except
for Australia and Antarctica. They vary in size from the domestic cat to the
lion.”(Felidae – Cats, Cheetahs, Lions,
Tigers, Leopards, 2017)
similarity is that they both mammals. “Mammals
include humans and other animals that are warm-blooded vertebrates (vertebrates
have backbone)with hair. They feed their young with milk and have a more
well-developed brain than other types of animals.”(National Geographic
last similarity is that they both
are carnivores. A carnivore is an animal gets food
from killing and eating other animals. “Carnivores generally eat herbivores,
but can eat omnivores,
and occasionally other carnivores. Animals that eat other animals, like
carnivores and omnivores are important to any ecosystem, because they keep
other species from getting overpopulated. Since carnivores have to hunt down
and kill other animals they require a large amount of calories. This means that
they have to eat many other animals over the course of the year. The bigger the
carnivore, the more it has to eat. You should make sure that you have many more
herbivores and omnivores than carnivores.”(What is a Carnivore?, 2017)
These similarities is what makes people assume that
they are the same, but there are three differences that makes them different
from each other.
First difference is that their running speed.
“A leopard can reach a top speed of 30
miles per hour. The fastest
animal on Earth is said to be a cheetah, which can reach a top speed of 70
miles per hour.” (IAC Publishing, LLC,2017 ). “On the exterior, the cheetah is the most slender of the big
cats; its lightweight body (weighing about 80-140 lbs.), small head and long
legs are designed for aerodynamics. Structurally, the cheetah has a unique,
flexible spine, which allows for extreme flexion and extension while running at
top speeds.”(Safaris, 2014). The main
reason why cheetah is faster than leopard is because the cheetah’s body unique
and flexible spine.
second difference is their coloring in their fur. These animals are known to be
a silent killer, they camouflage with their surrounding because the dots in
their fur. The cheetah’s coloring in their fur is tan with black spots, while
leopards have a yellow with black rosettes. These kinds of patters help
predators to hide and blend with their surroundings which make them more
difficult to be seen by it’s prey.
cheetah and leopard are different because of it’s genus. “Genus is the usual
major subdivision of a family or subfamily in the classification of organisms,
of more than one species.”(Collins, 2012). The cheetah’s genus is acinonyx, while the
leopard’s genus is panther.
the difference about these creatures can be useful. Moreover, these knowledge
should be shared around the globe in order to make people realize that these
creatures are beautiful and should be protected.