Pumas are large wild cats.
Other Names: Cougar, Mountain Lion, Panther,
Puma in Foreign Languages:
Haitian Creole: puma
Species: The puma has more than 30 subspecies.
Size: Pumas measure 2 to 2.3 feet at shoulders,
and weigh 100 to 180 lbs. Pumas measure 3.5 to 5.5 feet.
Male pumas weigh more than their female counterparts.
Habitat: Pumas are native to Asia, America
and Africa. Pumas in habit areas that are coniferous,
tropical forests, swamps or grasslands.
Description: Pumas are large wild cats. They
are powerfully built, with large paws, sharp retractable
Behavior: Pumas are most active at dawn and
dusk. Pumas may take up temporary shelter in dense vegetation,
caves, or rocky crevices.
Diet: Pumas prey on deer, moose, elk and small
animals like mice, squirrels, porcupines, raccoons,
rabbits and beavers.
Gestation: Pumas carry their young for
82 to 96 days.
Did You Know?
The puma does not have a flexible hyoid
and are unable to roar.
Birth: Pumas give birth to 2 to 4 kittens in
a litter. A newborn puma kitten weighs 8 to 15 ounces.
Sexually Mature: Pumas become sexually mature
around 3 years of age.
Life Span: Pumas live 12 years in the
wild. Pumas will live up to 25 years in captivity.
Did You Know?
The puma has the largest range of any
wild land animal in the Americas.
Social Structure: The puma is solitary, except
Athleticism: Pumas can leap up to 20 feet in
a single jump. Pumas can run up to 30 miles per hour.