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Transcript of Caracals

Karen Colin, Vincent Ou, Laila Johnson, and Kennedi Murray
Habitat PART 2
Animals also found in those areas are meerkats, ostriches, and kangroo rats. Some biotic factors are brittle bushes, pancake prickly pear cacti, barrel cacti, and desert ironwood. Some abiotic factors are sand, rocks, and sunlight.
concentrated urine
hind legs
Similar to leapords, once it has its prey, the caracal may
store it on a branch
to save it for later, the caracal typically does this when the prey is
. In order to climb the tree, the caracal uses its
muscular hind legs
strength and
large claws
. This allows it to make the most of its
hunting success
and while doing that, the prey
will not be accessable to other predators
such as lions and hyenas.
Caracals are very
,which means they can be found in a variety of places. They can be found in
Savannas, semi-deserts, and Wetlands
and they can very easily adapt to other areas if they need to. The picture is an example of where they are commonly found. Since they are found in semi warm areas, their light fur keeps them from getting too warm.
Considering the caracal lives in
semi-desert areas
, it will not find water as easily. Thus, it having to
. It satisfies its hydration needs through its
preys body fluids
. On top of that, the caracals urine is so
highly concentrated
, that when it urinates it ultimately only urinates urine and contains the water inside of itself. By keeping the water, the caracal can go longer without having to find another water source.
The caracal has
superb hind legs
which it uses to perform many useful tasks for its survival. The caracals hind legs give it excellent
leaping abilities
. The caracal can jump up to three meters in the air, allowing it to reach
prey that flies
and get a better grasp on prey bigger than itself. Unlike many small cats the caracal isnt afraid to
attack prey larger than itself
, and its masculine legs help it reach the prey better and get a
better grasp
on prey. Aside from it being able to leap great heights, the caracals hind legs better its ability to to
journey across rough, mountainous terrain
, and since the caracal can live in mountainous areas, its hind legs help it hunt down prey and escape from predators easier in those regions.
ear tufts
What gives the caracal its
unique appearance
is its ear tufts. Lynx also have these tufts which is why caracals are often called desert lynx, however, the two species are not related. These tufts can grown up to
1.75 inches long
. They allow the caracal to have
keen hearing
and to
pinpoint the location of its prey
. The tufts also increase the productivity of the carcals hunting when it is stalking prey by making

amounts of noise
when they rub against shrubbery, which can often be found in their habitat.
foot PADS
Stiff hairs
in the caracals
foot pads
appear to be an adaption that help it
traverse soft sand
better. These hairs grow between the hairs in the pad and are specifically useful in one of the caracals habitats. This habitat would be
semi-desert regions
, such as, North Africa and the Middle East. This is one of the
many adaptions
the caracal has made to accomodate its many environments. Its ability to conquer so many different conditions just comes to show its
evolutionary success
habitat structure
While they can be found in many different areas, caracal's prefer edge habitats, especially forest/grassland transitions. These types of habitats are good because they are filled with trees and they may want to store their prey for later so they will hang it on a tree branch.
Habitat Structure Part 2
Since they live in very hot areas such as the savannahs, they use bushes to keep from the heat. Bushes as well as rocks help them hide and surprise their prey.Mothers use nearby caves, tree cavities, or burrows as shelter for birth.
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