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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 33kg's.

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 Found ?

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 threatened.

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.