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Location: Taken at Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Camera Details: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, 55-250 mm Lens Zoom Lens, Aperture exp 5.6, Shutter speed 1/200, ISO 200 Focal Length 135
The Lynx have a short tail and characteristic tufts of black hair on the tip of their ears. They have a ruff under the neck, which has black bars (not very visible), resembling a bow tie. They have large padded paws for walking on snow, and long whiskers on the face. The body color varies from medium brown to gold-ish to beige-white; and occasionally, is marked with dark brown spots, especially on the limbs. All species of lynx also have white fur on their chests, bellies and on the insides of their legs, which are extensions of the chest and belly fur. Also, the lynx’s coloring, fur height and paw size varies by its climate range — in the Southwestern United States, the fur and color are short-haired, dark and the paws are smaller and less padded; as the lynx ranges to its colder northern climes, the fur gets progressively thicker (for warmth), the color gets lighter (for camouflage) and its paws enlarge and become more padded for snowy environments. Their paws may become larger than a human hand.
They have extremely good hearing and they also have 28 teeth, which, when paired with the jaw structure, stab deeply into their prey. This can be especially helpful to the lynx because they are not the most efficient hunters and they lose most of their prey to a variety of factors.
The smallest species are the Bobcat and the Canada Lynx, with average weights 10 to 13 kilograms (22 to 29 lb), while the largest is the Eurasian Lynx, with average weight 18 to 25 kilograms (40 to 55 lb), up to a reported maximum of 40 kilograms (88 lb), but there is considerable variation within species…Info from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.