The Serval Conservation Organization

Leopard Cat or Bengal Cat
Prionailurus bengalensis

Weight: 7-15 pounds 
Head/Body: 25-32 inches
Tail: 10-14 inches
Subspecies: 7

The Leopard Cat, or Bengal Cat, lives in parts of Pakistan to the west of its range, all across Southeast Asia to the east, and down through Java, Borneo and to the central Philippine Islands.. Its size and fur color differs considerably, depending on the region. In Indonesia, the leopard cat is as large as a domestic cat, while in the eastern part of China and Russia, it can grow as large as 60-90 centimeters long with a 30-40 centimeter long tail. It lives in forests near the water.

This cat has a base fur color that ranges from yellow/brown to grey/brown, in the north of its range. The underparts, chest and lower head are usually white as is a large spot which is commonly found on the back of the otherwise black ears. In varying intensity, depending on the sub-species, the Leopard cat is covered with medium to large dark brown to black spots which often coalesce into solid stripes on the top of the back and thin stripe markings on the top and side of the head.

The Leopard cat is a solitary animal and sleeps in caves or hollow trees and is an excellent climber. It hunts at night for birds, rodents, bats, hares or domestic poultry. In the wild, they can live 10 to 15 years of age.

The Leopard cat is listed as Least Concern. It does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.