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Lynx Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class
Carnivora
Family:
A group of animals within an order
Felidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family
Lynx
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Felis Lynx
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Carnivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
0-8-1.3m (31.5-52in)
Weight:
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
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Tan, Yellow, Brown, Black
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Fur
Favourite Food:Hare
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives
Secluded forests and mountainous regions
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
4
Main Prey:Hare, Birds, Deer
Predators:
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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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.

Lynx Translations

български език
Рис
Català
Linx nòrdic
Cesky
Rys ostrovid
Deutsch
Eurasischer Luchs
English
Eurasian Lynx
Esperanto
Linko
Español
Lince europeo
Eesti
Ilves
Suomi
Ilves
Français
Lynx d'Eurasie, Lynx commun
Hrvatski
Obični ris
Italiano
Lince europea
עִבְרִית
שונר צפוני
日本語
ヨーロッパオオヤマネコ
Latina
Lynx lynx
Magyar
Eurázsiai hiúz
Norsk
Eurasisk gaupe
Nederlands
Euraziatische lynx, Los
Polski
Ryś
Português
Lince-da-Eurásia
Româna
Râs
Slovenščina
Evrazijski ris
Svenska
Europeiskt lodjur
Türkçe
Bayağı vaşak
中文
猞猁屬

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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]

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