ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Cheetah Facts for Kids: Cheetah Photos & Interesting Facts About Cheetahs

Updated on April 16, 2014

All About Cheetah

One of the most beautiful animals in the world today is the cheetah. It is a large feline or cat that lives in many areas of Africa, and also in the Middle East. Most people know that the cheetah is the fastest land animal on the earth, capable of running up to 75 mph. Also known for its beautiful spots that cover its entire body, it is very thin, with a long tail that ends with bushy white fur, and has extremely long legs.

Let's take a look at what cheetahs are all about and what makes them some of the most magnificent animals on the planet.

Habitat Of The Cheetah

Their natural habitat is mostly central to Africa, and even North Western Asia, but some have been spotted in Iran. It is able to thrive in areas where there is plenty of food, and they enjoy areas that are like a desert and prairie combined. Another country in Africa, Namibia, is an excellent location for the cheetah because it has dense vegetation, savannas, grasslands and some mountainous areas.

What Does A Cheetah Look Like?

Cheetah is looks like a large cat. It is very different from a lion in both the type of fur that it has, and also its slender appearance.

The fur is very short, which is helpful when running at high speeds. It also provides camouflage, making it easier for the cheetah to hunt its prey.

How Big Is Cheetah?

An adult cheetah can weigh between 50 pounds and 160 pounds once it has reached its full size. It can grow to be 5 feet long, not including the tail, which can also be an additional 3 feet in length. Cheetahs only stand about 2 or 3 feet high. The male cheetahs are typically taller than the females, and also have slightly bigger heads.

The Paws Of The Cheetah

Another unique part of the cheetah is the fact that it has semi-retractable claws. Only three other cats have these types of claws, and allow the cheetah to have a better chance of gripping its prey. However, the claws are always visible, ready to use on a seconds notice, especially during high speed pursuits.

Cheetah Characteristics

Each animal in the world will have one or two distinct advantages that allow it to hunt its prey. The two main advantages that the cheetah has over other animals in its natural habitat is its speed, and also its agility. Although having the ability to run quickly is useful for catching virtually anything that it wants to eat, it is the agility of the cheetah, its ability to move and compensate when attacking another animal, that allows it to not only stay alive, but also escape from predators that might come its way.

Sounds That The Cheetah Makes

In a similar way to smaller cats, especially domestic cats, cheetahs make a purring sound. They are the only large cat that is incapable of roaring, something that is found with lions, tigers and Jaguars.

Hunting Patterns Of The Cheetah

The cheetah is also similar to smaller cats in the way that it hunts for its prey. Larger cats typically hunt for their food in the evening hours, but cheetahs hunt for everything during the day. One of the reasons is because of their exceptional eyesight which is able to help them see animals up to 3 miles away. The only time a cheetah cannot capture its prey is when it is able to go in the trees. Unlike domestic cats, and some larger ones, it is unable to climb trees.

Designed For Offense Not Defense

There are many cats, large and small, that are able to defend themselves when they are attacked. If you think of a small domestic cat that stands ready to respond to an attacking dog, the cheetah is not able to do this. It is designed to be on the offense, not defense, and therefore if a larger animal comes after the prey it has captured, it will run instead of fight.

How Much Do Cheetahs Drink?

Unlike most animals that need to drink water on a regular basis, especially felines, the cheetah only needs to drink one time every four days. It is because of how its metabolism functions, allowing it to go long spans without any type of liquid to drink.

Natural Adaptations Of The Cheetah

The cheetah has adapted over many years to be able to hunt and live in Africa. It is able to run fast speeds for short distances because of the structure of its legs. It also has adapted by having larger nostrils than most cats, allowing it to increase its oxygen intake. The ability to take in more oxygen also allows it to run faster and longer than most other animals its size. The respiratory rate of the cheetah, or how fast that it breathes, is about 100 breaths per minute. This occurs at higher rates while it is chasing its prey, allowing it to sustain itself until the other animal has been captured.

Why Cheetahs Are Endangered

Cheetahs are becoming more endangered as mankind continues to encroach upon its habitat. More people are starting to live where the cheetah hunts, and more tourists are visiting these areas every year. This causes the cheetahs to lose precious hunting grounds, causing it to starve. Also, they are hunted for their fur by poachers, people that illegally hunt in these areas.

Hopefully this information on the cheetah will help you understand how wonderful this animal is. It is one of the most unique felines or cats in the world because of its ability to run fast, and the spotted patterns on its coat. Perhaps you should learn more about the cheetah, and what you can do to help protect this beautiful animal. As long as we are trying to help the cheetah survive, it should be here for many years to come.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)