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Eurasian Lynx (Includes Siberian and Canadian Subspecies)

The lynx can be a study in compromise for someone who would like a larger feline than a serval or bobcat, but isn't ready to take on a cougar or a tiger. Lynx can get fairly large (depending on subspecies) yet are still a relatively managable (and non-lethal) size.

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Lynxes have short tails, and usually a tuft of hair on the tip of the ears. They have large paws padded for walking on snow, and long whiskers on the face. The colour of the body varies from light brown to grey and is occasionally marked with dark brown spots, especially on the limbs. They range about 5 kg or about 11 pounds (roughly the size of a large Domestic Cat) up to about 30 kg (66 pounds).

The lynx inhabits the high altitude forests with dense cover of shrubs, reeds and grass. Though the cat hunts only on the ground, it can climb trees and swim. It rests in crevices or under ledges. Mating takes place in the late winter. It gives birth to 2 to 4 kittens at a time.

Lynxes hunt for hares, rodents and birds, sometimes killing larger animals such as deer. They rely mainly on hearing and sight to locate prey. In some areas the Snowshoe Hare is virtually the only prey of the Canada Lynx. The size of the lynx population tends to follow the approximately 10 year long rise and decline of Snowshoe Hare numbers.

Lynx Articles

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Lynx Kitten

Peggy Sue's Story The story of Peggy Sue the lynx, by guest author John Williamson Read Article....

Siberian Lynx as Companions Things to consider before getting a lynx, as well as basic care, housing, and training advice from lynx owner Lynn Runkle. Read Article....

The Eurasian Lynx A comprehensive look at the Eurasian lynx in the wild and in captivity. Read Article....

Lynx Photos

To see lynx photos, visit the bobcats and lynx area in the ExoticCatz.com Exotic Feline Photo Gallery.

Lynx Breeders

Lynx Breeders If you've decided to take on the responsibilty of exotic cat ownership and buy a lynx, this listing of lynx breeders will get you started.View List....

Lynx Websites

Bitterroot Bobcats and Lynx Breeders of bobcats and lynx. Site offers some information and photos.

Julie's Jungle Lynx breeder offers good basic information and care sheet.

Highwater Farms Lynx breeder with some information on website.

Cossette's Exotics Lynx breeder. Not much information on the site, but there are some good photos.

Photo by Peterson

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