Top 10 major differences between cheetahs & leopards – Part Three

6. Hunting Technique

The cheetah runs after its prey, tackles it from behind to knock it off balance, and goes for the throat.

Leopards prefer to ambush their prey from a shorter distance (5-20 yards). They pounce on their victim, taking it completely by surprise.

7. Legs

Cheetah: Long for effective acceleration.

Leopard: Short and muscular for agility and tree-climbing.

8. Speed

The cheetah is the fastest land mammal in the world, reaching speeds of up to 113 kph (70 mph). It uses its long tail as a rudder and for proper balance.

Leopards are not necessarily known for their speed, although they can accelerate to 37 mph (60 km/h) over short distances.

9. Spots

Cheetah: Small, solid black spots.

Leopard: Spots grouped in small rings (rosettes) on torso and upper limbs.

10. Voice

Cheetah: Chirps and yelps.

Leopard: Roars and growls.

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