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Snow Leopard

Scientific Name: Panthera uncia uncia

Subspecies: None.

Distribution: From western himal over Pakistan and Afghanistan, northern India, Nepal, Sikkim, Kashmir, Bhutan, Tienshan, the Pamirs, Tibet, Sichuan and Gansu (China).

Habitat: High alpine regions between the treeline and the snow- and ice-line.

Description: Medium sized "big" cat, the Snow Leopard weighs up to 40 kg. It measures up to 55 cm over the shoulder and reaches a total body length of 1,25 m, without tail (1,05 m). General colour smoky whitish-brown with long hairs on the underparts. It has dark-brown spots set in rosettes. Reminiscent of the leopard, but significantly smaller.

Hunting method: Stalking, on a kill, with dogs.

Hunting available in: Totally protected. CITES-classification 3.3.97: A! Washington convention list

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