What's the difference: cheetah or leopard?

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Who would win a race over a relatively short distance?

The cheetah would leave the leopard in the dust. Cheetahs can reach speeds of 60 miles per hour in just three seconds, making the leopard's impressive 36 mile per hour top speed look slow in comparison.

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Which of these animals is adorned with simple, solid black or brown spots?

Cheetahs have solid spots, while leopard spots are called rosettes because of there rose-like shape.

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You see a spotted cat behind you and can't tell what it is. Suddenly you hear it roar, so it must be a…

Leopards can roar, while cheetahs can't. Cheetahs, on the other hand, can purr while inhaling, while leopards must exhale to purr.

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Which of these big cats has black tear lines on his face?

Cheetahs have black lines that run from eye to mouth, which helps block the sun from the animal's eyes while he hunts. Leopards lack these lines, making it easy to tell them apart by staring into their eyes -- from a safe distance, of course.

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Which of these animals has a characteristic "pacing" walk, where it moves both left legs together, then both right ones?

Leopards pace, while cheetahs have different walking style — characterized by moving diagonal pairs together (right front leg with left back leg).

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If you see one of these cats stalking its prey by day, you are probably looking at a…

Cheetahs generally hunt by day while leopards hunt at night.

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Neither cheetahs nor leopards are born with spots.

Cheetahs are born with all their spots, while leopards are born with spots so lightly-colored that they are barely visible.

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Who's the bigger of these big cats on average?

Leopards are generally larger than cheetahs. They average 4.25 to 6.25 feet (1.29 to 1.9 meters) tall, compared to the cheetah's slimmer, shorter build.

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Which of these animals is strong enough to drag its prey up a tree?

Cheetahs must feast right after the kill, or risk losing their meal. Leopards are strong enough to simply drag a kill up a tree and feast on it at leisure.

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Both of these cats are threatened by development and loss of habitat.

An estimated 9,000 to 12,000 cheetahs remain in the wild, while some leopards — such as the Amur leopard — have only a few dozen members remaining.

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Both are spotted and swifty, but leopards and cheetahs have some major differences. Can you tell these two fierce predators apart?

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