Wednesday, September 7, 2011


The Sand Cat, felis margarita, is a small wild cat of African and Asian deserts

Unusual among Asian cats, the sand cat has long hairs growing between its toes. These create a cushion of fur over the foot pads, protecting them from the hot sand. The claws on the hind feet are small and blunt; combined with the fur covered foot pads, this helps to make the animal's tracks obscure and difficult to follow.

Among Saharan nomads, sand cats have gained a reputaion for being snake hunters, favoring the flavors of horned and sand vipers. Sand cats stun this prey with rapid blows to the head before dispatching with a killer neck bite. More here...

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