Cute and Curious Sand Cats

The Sand cat is kind of Peter Pan in the cat’s world. The representatives of this species look like kittens during their whole life. That is why it seems they never grow old.
The sand cat or sand dune cat is a predator from the feline genus. This type of cats was named after French General Jean Auguste Margueritte. He headed an Algeria expedition in 1850’s. During the expedition he discovered a sand cat and named the species “margarita”.

Cute and Curious Sand Cats

The sand cat inhabits is the smallest one among wild cats – body length 24- 36 inches ( tail makes 40% of this number), 10-12 inches in height, the weight of mature cat is 6-8 lbs and smaller.

Cute and Curious Sand Cats

The sand cat lives in the dry and mountainous regions of the dessert in the Middle East including Sahara and Eastern Dessert.

Cute and Curious Sand Cats

This type of cat is hard to research in the wildlife. They have big head and wide muzzle with big yellowish eyes. They move on the sand almost without track thanks to the fur on their pads. However, the claws of sand cats aren’t sharp, because it is hard to sharpen them in the dessert. They have small legs and low placed ears for sand protection. Their body is fully covered with thick and coarse fur for their protection. Sand cats are perfectly adjusted to the sand and dessert where the temperature can be 134°F in summer night and -13°F during winter night. In Sahara the daytime temperature may reach 255°F which is higher than boiling water temperature.
Sand cats bend down and close their eyes so it is impossible to track them by the light reflected from their retina. Also they hide all their excrements so nobody can find them. Their food mainly consists of lizards, small birds and rabbits, also they can kill snakes.

Cute and Curious Sand Cats

They are widely populated near the Middle Eastern villages. A lot of people argue that sand cats steal their domestic animals. However, due to their religion they don’t kill annoying sand cats.
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