The Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosi) is a wild cat; a feline mammal (a felid).
The Clouded Leopard has dark-grey to ochre-brown fur, with black and dark-coloured markings. It has black spots on its head, and broken stripes from the corner of its eyes over its cheek, from the corner of its mouth to the neck, and along its shoulders. Its sides have dusky-grey irregular blotches. Its underbelly and legs are spotted.
Its ears are black, and its tail has large, irregular, paired spots. It has short legs with large paws. Its back legs are longer than its front legs. Its eyes have vertical slits with brownish-yellow to greyish-green irises. It has long, sharp canine teeth.
It grows to 68-108 centimetres (27-43 inches) long, with a tail that is 61-91 centimetres (24-36 inches) long. Its shoulder height is 50-55 centimetres (20-22 inches).
It is native to the Himalayan foothills from Southeast Asia to China, in countries such as Nepal, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Thailand.
It is arboreal, living in trees. It can climb down a tree head first. It can also jump up to 120 centimetres (47 inches) high.
It is nocturnal, active at night, and hunting on the ground. Its prey includes monkeys, deer, porcupine, squirrels, and pheasants.
It is a solitary animal.
The female is pregnant for about 93 days, before giving birth to 1-5 young, called cubs. The cubs are born blind, and can see after about 10 days. They have solid spots on their fur, and gain their adult colours and markings after about six months.
The Clouded Leopard lives, on average, for 11-15 years.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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