– Leopards have rosette-shaped spots. Cheetahs have solid round, or oval, spots.
– Leopards have no “tear” line. Cheetahs have a black “tear” line running from the inside of the eye to the mouth.
– Leopards are bulkier and stronger. Cheetahs are lighter, but taller, than leopards.
– Leopards have a familiar “cat” shape. Cheetahs are lankier than the “cat” shape.
– Leopards hunt at night. Cheetahs hunt during the day.
– Leopards like to drag prey up trees. Cheetahs prefer grassy plains.
– Leopards rely on stealth. Cheetahs rely on speed (up to 113 km/hr) over short distances. They are the world’s fastest animal.
– Leopards have strong teeth and jaws and can crunch through thick bones.
– Cheetahs have smaller teeth and jaws, leaving a larger nasal cavity for rapid breathing. They cannot crunch large bones.
– Leopards live a solitary life while cheetahs are more social (mother and cubs; males sometimes form coalitions, yet they never mix with females; except during reproduction).
– Leopards climb trees for they have retractile claws while cheetahs don’t.
– The cheetah can run at a speed of 113 km/hr while leopards do 60 km/hr.
– The two black lines below the cheetah’s eyes are known as tear marks, and act as reflection absorbers while they are hunting during sunny days.