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 Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis)




Canada Lynx | Lynx canadensis photo
Canada Lynx

Photograph by US Fish and Wildlife Service. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

CANADA LYNX FACTS

Description
The Canada Lynx is usually yellowish-brown and sometimes has dark brown spots. The upper parts often have a grizzled gray appearance. The underside is pale buff color. The tail is short, often ringed, and has black tip. The fur on the body is long and thick. Ears are triangular and have tufts of black hear at tips. It has large furred paws.

Size
Head and body length: 67cm - 107cm. Tail length: 5cm - 13cm. Weight : 5kg - 17kg. Males are larger than females.

Environment
forests, rocky areas with cover, tundra

Food
Canadian lynx are carnivorous. Snowshoe Hares are important part of diet. Also eats rodents, birds and fish. In winter may feed on larger prey such as deer.

Breeding
Two or three kittens are born after gestation period of 8 -10 weeks. Litter size can be up to 5. Kittens weigh about 200g at birth. They start eating meat at one month of age, and are fully weaned after 5 months.

Range
Canada, and parts of United States including western Montana and neighbouring parts of Idaho, Washington. Also small populations in New England, Utah.

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Felidae
Genus:Lynx
Species:canadensis
Common Name:Canada Lynx


Relatives in same Genus
  Bobcat (L. rufus)

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