Sand Cat

Common Name: Sand Cat
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Felinae (Felis)
Species: Margarita
Sub Species: None

Size and Appearance: Sand Cats are can grow from 18-22.5 in and weigh from 3.75-7.75lbs. Its fur can be from a yellowish, sandy color, to a grey color. From each eye across the cheeks it has a red streak. It has black stripes on its legs and tail and a black tipped tail. The Sand Cat has a white underside.

Diet: The Sand Cat digs a hole in the sand and burrows there until night and then it hunts for gerbils, gerboas, other rodents, lizards, snakes, and other small animals.

Distribution: Sand Cats have been seen and have populations from the Sahara through the Middle East to Turkestan.

Social System: Sand Cats are solitary. They have a loud mating call which resembles the bark of a dog. Their other vocalizations include meowing, growling, hissing, spitting, screaming, and purring.

Habitat: Sand Cats live in sandy and stony deserts.

A Sand Cat sleeping

A Sand Cat mother and her cubs