In what climate do cheetahs live?

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If you look at their history, cheetahs are extremely well adapted to long- term winter feeding. In fact, they are so well adapted that they have adapted to a completely different life cycle than most other felines.

The way they hunt is quite different than most other predators with prey like squirrels and rabbits, where they spend the days searching for the prey. Most long- lived carnivores will eat prey that are in a state of stress.

They are able to get the prey down before it gets too dangerous for them. By contrast, cheetahs are able to eat just about any prey they find. Cheetahs don't have the metabolic rate and body fat necessary for sustained hunting that most other carnivores do, so as long as they are in good habitat and not threatened, they can continue to reproduce as usual.

Why do cheetahs have more surviving cubs?
Cheetahs have very few cubs during its reproductive years (after their birth, and before they grow big enough to fend for themselves) , so there is more of a 'win- win' situation to enjoy with young cheetahs.

If the mother cheetah has a litter to raise the next time they are born, the cubs will grow up a lot sooner. This will allow them more time to hunt for food during the winter. What does this mean for cheetahs?
The only other large carnivores that have cubs earlier or later in life than cheetahs are lions, wolf pack members and mountain lions, but cheetahs start giving birth later than these three carnivores.

Cheetahs start having cubs early because they have plenty of food, they have a lot of room to play, and they still need to hunt for food in order to survive. This means cheetahs are not going to be the ones being hunted by lions during the daytime, as cheetahs are the ones most likely to be seen in the daytime in the savannahs and meadows.

Cheetahs have been very successful at keeping wild populations of deer, deer antelope and wild cattle in check, despite having almost no natural enemies. How does the cheetah get rid of waste?
The cheetah has four main waste- transfer systems: the mouth, urine, feces (to eat and drink) , fat and blood.

The mouth is the most common part of the cheetahs cheetah habitat and the only part of the cheetah's body that will be out of sight of other predators. Most cheetahs will leave the mouth open to eat and drink while they hunt; it is where cheetahs excrete the waste they eat and drink, and also removes urine or their fat from any injuries they may have sustained while hunting.

When feeding, the large mouth opening gives a lot of room for the cheetah's teeth to work. By removing excess waste, the cheetah is able to consume larger quantities of food. By making use of this extra capacity, cheetahs have been able to consume a far heavier amount of food than any other large carnivore.

The only problem for the cheetah when it comes to eating is that the cheetah's teeth don't always work at the same speeds, so it can struggle to chew up chunks of meat as he chews. Most cheetahs are able to chew up large amounts of food in under a minute, but some cheetahs eat as little as five minutes, and others can take up to five hours, and in some cases longer.

Where's the blood coming from?
Blood is a major part of the cheetah's diet, in large part due to its low metabolism compared to a much larger human. Blood is also a major part of the cheetah's metabolism, as blood is used to maintain its body temperature, regulate its blood pressure, and to flush fluid out from digestive glands in order to keep the body from drying out and becoming brittle.

Blood is also an important piece of the cheetah's diet, as it is what keeps cheetahs warm in the winter season. Can cheetahs eat grasses?
For more information on cheetahs, visit the links below: Cheetah Cheetah Biology

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