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Description of Cheetah

´╗┐Except for rare mutations, cheetahs (whose name is the Hindi for "spotted ones") have tawny or grayish white coats covered with round or oval black spots roughly an inch in diameter, located everywhere except for the throat and abdomen. The hair on the coarse coats is slightly longer at the nape, and the tail has four to six black rings (distinctive to each cheetah) and a white tuft at the end. Cheetahs purr, yelp, and bark rather than roar, owing to the lack of an ossified hyoid. Cheetahs have long bodies and legs and a small domed head with high set eyes, short ears, and a black line (resembling a teardrop) that runs from each eye down to the mouth. These lines aid vision by reducing solar glare. The whiskers are smaller than those of most cats, but cheetahs hunt by sight alone. Mature cheetahs weigh between 110 and 130 pounds and reach an average height of thirty-two inches at the shoulder, while their bodies extend to roughly fifty inches in length. Male cheetahs are slightly larger than females, but both sexes have small teeth and large lungs and nasal passages which produce a high volume of oxygen. One set of leg muscles is designed for walking, while another is for high-speed sprinting. Cheetah paws are round and hard, and have semiretractable claws that provide traction during sprints and help the cheetah make quick turns. By a combination of running and leaping, the cheetah can accelerate from 0 to 45 miles per hour in two seconds, and can reach recorded speeds of up to 71 miles per hour-but for no more than 300 yards.

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