Taiga Animals

Class: Mammalia: Mammals Diet: small-medium mammals, ground-dwelling birds
Order: Carnivora: Carnivores
Size: body: 80 cm - 1.3 m (31 1/2 in - 4 1/4 ft), tail: 4 - 8 cm (1 1/2 - 3 in)
Family: Felidae: Cats Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Felis lynx Habitat: coniferous forest, scrub
Range: Europe: Scandinavia to Spain and Portugal, east through Asia to Siberia; Alaska, Canada, Northern USA

Size of LynxThe lynx is recognized by its short tail and its tufted ears and cheeks. Its coat varies in coloration over its wide range, particularly in the degree of spotting, which may be faint or conspicuous. Although strictly protected in most countries, lynx are becoming scarce, and some races are in danger of extinction. A solitary, nocturnal animal, the lynx stalks its prey on the ground or lies in wait for it in low vegetation. Hares, rodents, young deer and ground-living birds, such as grouse, are its main prey.  Breeding normally starts in the spring, and a litter of 2 or 3 young is born in a den among rocks or in a hollow tree after a gestation of about 63 days. The cubs remain with their mother throughout their first winter.

Range of Lynx
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