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The lynx is a member of the cat family and one of the bigger felines of North America. Lynx are best known for their short stubby tails and the long tufts of black hair on the ears of a lynx.

There are three different types of lynx with these being the North America lynx found in Canada and Alaska, the European lynx found in Spain and Portugal and the Asian lynx which is found in Turkestan and central Asia.

The North American lynx is the biggest species of lynx and some of these lynx individuals have extremely thick and fluffy looking fur which keeps the lynx warm in the freezing Canadian winter. The European and Asian lynx species are much smaller in size and have personalities that resemble those of a domestic cat, rather than a large feline.

The lynx tends to inhabit dense shrub and grasslands in the forests of North America and parts of Eurasia. The lynx hunt small mammals, birds and fish, and the lynx are prey to few predators.

Although the lynx is a ground mammal, lynx are often known to climb trees or swim in order to catch their prey. Lynx hunt small mammals, birds and fish but prefer to hunt larger mammals like reindeer, deer and elk if the lynx can find and catch them.

The lynx has large paws which help the lynx to balance and also give the lynx more power when pursuing potential meals. The lynx also has extremely acute hearing which allows the lynx to hear oncoming prey and predators over long distances, and the lynx also has a strong jaw and sharp teeth which the lynx uses to bite down on its prey.

Lynx are usually solitary animals and will spend their time both hunting and resting alone, however a small group of lynx may travel and hunt together occasionally. Lynx mating takes place in the late winter and the female lynx will give birth to two to six kittens after a gestation period of about 70 days. Female lynx will usually give birth to a litter a year. The young lynx kittens stay with the mother lynx for around nine months meaning that the lynx kittens will have the mother lynx to watch over them during their first winter. The lynx kittens then move out to live on their own as young adults. It is known that adult lynx will give their young the prey to play with it before they eat it as this thought to develop their hunting skills.

Lynx live in dens in rock crevices or under ledges which gives the lynx a safe place to rest as well as a home for when the lynx kittens arrive and need safely looking after. Lynx do not normally take their kill back to their den, the main exception to this is when the mother lynx is providing for her lynx kittens. Lynx children love to wrestle with each other.

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Lynx Translations

Bulgarian български език
Catalan Català
Linx nòrdic
Czech Cesky
Rys ostrovid
German Deutsch
Eurasischer Luchs
English English
Eurasian Lynx
Esperanto Esperanto
Spanish Español
Lince europeo
Estonian Eesti
Finnish Suomi
ilves, euraasialainen ilves
French Français
Lynx d'Eurasie, Lynx commun
Croatian Hrvatski
Obični ris
Italian Italiano
Lince europea
Hebrew עִבְרִית
שונר צפוני
Japanese 日本語
Latin Latina
Lynx lynx
Hungarian Magyar
Eurázsiai hiúz
Norwegian Norsk
Eurasisk gaupe
Dutch Nederlands
Euraziatische lynx, Los
Polish Polski
Portuguese Português
Romanian Româna
Slovenian Slovenščina
Evrazijski ris
Finnish Suomi
Swedish Svenska
Europeiskt lodjur
Turkish Türkçe
Bayağı vaşak
Chinese 中文

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Lynx Facts

Five groups that classify all living things...
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
A group of animals within a pylum...
A group of animals within a class...
A group of animals within an order...
A group of animals within a family...
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Felis Lynx
The animal group that the species belongs to...
What kind of foods the animal eats...
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
0-8-1.3m (31.5-52in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
10-25kg (22-55lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
80km/h (50mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
12-20 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Tan, Yellow, Brown, Black
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Favourite Food:Hare
The specific area where the animal lives...
Secluded forests and mountainous regions
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Hare, Birds, Deer
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Wolf, Coyote, Human, Cougar
Special Features:Long tufts on ears and short tail

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