Lynx is the most noticeable mammals around the globe. It is noted for its wanderlusts nature and often refers to the solitary cat. There are four species of lynx found around the world. Their short tail, bizarre ear and the large eye easily recognize lynx. The weight and the length vary with different species it can grow up to the length up to 70 centimeters and weight up to 30 kilograms (1).
The Eurasian lynx found around Europe and the Siberian forest is the largest and the longest lynx in the world. Canadian lynx is found in North America. Iberian lynx is found in southern Europe and was on the list of endangered species (2). Bobcat is found in North America.
2. Gestation Period
The gestation period is around 70 days, one to four kittens are born and the young stay with the mother for around a year. Sexual maturity is reached between two to three years of age.
Being carnivorous lynx prey upon the small organism like hare, mouse, bird, squirrels etc. There is an interesting research in the Hare and lynx cycle. They remain active during the night due to this sighting of the lynx during the day is difficult. It is essential for them to eat once every two to three days.
There are natural predators available for the lynx. The larger animals that prey on the lynx are Wolves, coyotes, and cougars. The most serious predator is the human that kills the lynx primarily to obtain the beautiful fur.
5. Life Expectancy
Life expectancy varies with the species. Life expectancy is around 15 years in captive it is reduced under the wild condition.
6. The speed of the Lynx
Lynx can run around 65 kilometers per hour. The highest speed is observed while chasing the pray.
1. Jackson, Peter (24 April 1997). "Eurasian lynx". lynx.uio.no. Retrieved on 27 December 2016.
2. Ward, Dan (2008-12-12). "LynxBrief" (PDF). IberiaNature. Retrieved on 27 December 2016.