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Saber Tooth Cat Fact Sheet

Social Studies

Charlie Fisher

on 19 December 2011

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Transcript of Saber Tooth Cat Fact Sheet

Saber Tooth Cat

The Saber Tooth Cat looks somewhat like a modern day tiger but it is much heavier and has 7 inch serrated canine teeth. It weighed up to 440 pounds or 200 kg. The Saber Tooth Cat is 4-5 feet long and 3 feet tall. It has short but very powerful legs and a short bobbed tail. Although this Cat is not a very fast runner, it is very good at jumping & springing on its prey. Its skull is 12 inches long and its powerful jaw opens to a 120◦ degree angle. Today’s lions jaws opens to only a 65◦ degree angle.

The Saber Tooth Cat lived in grasslands, shrubby areas, and pine forests that supported the plant-eating animals that the Saber Tooth Cat ate. The Saber Tooth Cat lived in the Ice Age and we know that the climate was very cold.

The Saber Tooth Cat is a carnivore also known as a meat-eater. It may have eaten thick-skinned prey like Mastodons, horses, wolves, and bison. It probably killed its prey by pouncing on them because we know it was not a very fast runner. It is also possible that it killed its prey by biting it in the stomach and letting the animal bleed out. It may have also been a scavenger.

The fossils of the Saber Tooth Cat were found in North and South America. The fossils have been dated to the late Pleistocene. Some fossils were found with broken canine teeth. One fossil of a wolf was found with a fragment of a Saber Tooth Cat canine tooth in it.

Some structural adaptations that helped the Saber Tooth Cat are its canine teeth, which can be up to 7 inches long. Also the fact that it is a good jumper making it easy to pounce on its prey makes up for the fact that it is not a very good runner. One other structural adaptation it has is its coat of fur, which would keep it warm during the Ice Age. Apperance Diet Cool facts and Structural Adaptations Habitat Archeology Food The End Where fossils were found Mastodon Horse Wolf Bison
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