Appearance of the Asian Leopard Cat ?
The general build of an Asian Leopard Cat (Felis
Bengalensis) is similar to a normal domestic cat, but with somewhat longer
legs and a longer back. They have a relatively small head with a short
narrow muzzle, large eyes and a thick tail of about 28-36 cm's in length.
Body length varies between 63 and 82 cm's and they weigh between 15 and
The intensity of coat colours of Asian Leopard Cats
are darkest in the warmer regions and lightest in the cool climates of the
continent. Background coat colours vary from light, hazy blue grey or tan to
dark brown or dark grey, with shades of yellow. All share the horizontally
aligned or random contrasting spots that are characteristic of the species.
The ocelli which is a very noticeable white spot on
the back of their dark coloured ears, is common to all leopard cats. Black
spots above the eyes, black tail tip, spotted, light coloured bellies, and
black and white stripes on their faces are also prevalent markings.
Where is the Asian Leopard Cat
The Leopard Cat's habitat extends throughout Asia,
including the mainland and the island countries. Of the small cats, Felis
Bengalensis is probably one of the most common and widespread, and most
authorities do not consider it to be in imminent danger of extinction.
However the destruction of its habitat by rapidly expanding human
population, deforestation, farming and soil erosion, all remain threats to
the wild cat populations. This has resulted in the leopard being nearly
extinct in some regions of Asia, and many species being endangered or
The cats beautiful markings, have in many ways been
their downfall by attracting the attention of the fur trade. The Asian
Leopard Cat has therefore been placed in Appendix 2 of the CITES (The
Convention on International trade in endangered species) and its trade is
regulated as a endangered specie.