The name "bobcat" may refer to this cat's short tail, which is only 6 or 7 inches long. The end of its tail is always black, tipped with white, which distinguishes the bobcat from its northern cousin, the Canadian Lynx, whose tail is tipped solid black The Bobcat has long legs and large paws. Large specimens can weigh up to 30 pounds, but the average Bobcat is only 15 to 20 pounds. It lives in a wide variety of habitats, extending from Canadian forests to Mexican deserts, as well as in the Florida Everglades. Habitat dense with vegetation & prey is ideal.
The normal Bobcat litter consists of 2 or 3 kittens, born blind and weighing 4 to 8 ounces. Birth occurs in a rock crevice or burrow, after a 60-day gestation period. The kittens open their eyes after 10 days and are taught hunting skills by their mother until they leave her 9 or 10 months later. The father has no role in raising the offspring.
Geographic variations have some effect on the color of this wildcat: in the Montana forests, bobcats tend to have a rusty color tone. A secretive predator, the bobcat's keen ears & eyes, ambushes & short bursts of speed make this lovely cat a superb hunter of small game.