The only cat (family Felidae) species that lives primarily in the desert. Therefore, their feet are thickly furred to help them insulate the heat from the sand to cope with the scorching heat.
Furthermore, their footprints will not remain in the sand due to their furry paws. They have a coat that is generally a pale sandy color, usually with a white belly.
They do not require much water as they get all the moisture from their prey and go for weeks without a single sip. They are also excellent diggers, digging shallow burrows to avoid high temperatures during the day. Interestingly, they share their scientific name with an alcoholic drink!
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No