SAND CAT

SAND CAT

SAND CAT

The Arabian desert experiences severe temperatures in summer days reaching forty degrees Celsius, and during winter nights,
The temperature drops well after minus 25.
The animals that call these dunes, rocks, and valleys home specialize in the extreme.
One of these desert dwellers is a little one you’ve probably never heard of.
sand cat.
They may look like domestic cats, but these beige beauties are the only cat that mostly survive
On particularly hot days, the temperature of the sand can reach eighty degrees Celsius – hot
Enough to burn a cat’s paws Arabian sand.
This comes with a secondary benefit – it allows them to leave virtually no footprints – making
It is almost impossible for predators to track them down.
But in the desert, heat is only half the equation.
With a little water vapor in the air to trap warmth, immerse yourself in the nighttime temperatures
Freezing.
A sand cat is hard to spot. They live in a low density, and are in very good shape
Camouflaged, and when moving, they stay low to the ground.
Even when they are running, they will keep their stomachs as close to the ground as possible.
Although it may seem ridiculous, it is still capable of exceeding 40 kilometers per hour.
These elusive cats are found in the Western Desert, the Arabian Peninsula, and
Middle Asia.
During the day, they will try to avoid the intense sunlight by napping in the shade or indoors
their burrows. At night when they are most active.
Their habit is almost barren. Vegetation, water and prey are sparse.
To find a meal, she travels vast distances covering up to eight kilometers per night.
Its huge habitat is sparsely populated by creatures that do their best to stay hidden.
To find something to eat in this challenging terrain, Sand Cats have two big advantages; their ears.
Their ears are giant and contain an ear canal that is nearly twice as wide as the home canal
cat. These cats can pick up very low frequencies,
A useful skill in the open desert where low pitched sounds go the extra mile.
These wonderfully large ears allow them to hear prey navigating the sand up to halfway
One kilometer away.
With meals few and far between, these cats are not picky eaters. They will eat anything
They can get paws. In this case? Cricket game.
The desert is a dry and unforgiving place to live. This sand cat should take what
She can get it.
And water is scarce – but sand cats don’t need it. They have adapted to survive without need
to drink water. Instead, they get all the moisture they need from their prey.
Although this sand cat has its ears on something a little bigger than a cricket. she.
She picks up the sound as he zips up over the hills.
It has to move quickly and quietly or else it will lose its prey in the rocks.
Her body drops to the ground, ready to pounce and then attacks at breakneck speed, swallowing her whole and escaping into the night
While their large ears help make them deadly predators, they have another benefit; Listen to other sand cats.
These felines live at very low densities, and between two potential mates may number up to dozens in kilometers of rough terrain.
During the mating season, cats begin to scream, making a bark-like sound
If they are lucky enough to find a partner and succeed in mating, mothers usually give birth to 3 kittens
Kittens grow quickly, reaching three-quarters of their adult size in just six months.
Within a year, they will be independent.
Like all kittens, sandy cats are incredibly elusive, and we know so little about them.
Its inhabitants are scattered in remote areas with harsh environments, and therefore they study
It is almost impossible. Fortunately, for the same reasons that are difficult to study,
It is also protected from poaching and human encroachment.
In fact until 2015, we knew almost nothing about these desert-dwelling cats, and we
There is still much to learn.

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