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.
Cheetah: Long for effective acceleration.
Leopard: Short and muscular for agility and tree-climbing.
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.
Cheetah: Small, solid black spots.
Leopard: Spots grouped in small rings (rosettes) on torso and upper limbs.
Cheetah: Chirps and yelps.
Leopard: Roars and growls.