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Eurasian Lynx

Eurasian Lynx

Eurasian Lynx Range Map (N Europe to E Asia)
Eurasian Lynx Range Map (N Europe to E Asia)

Latin Name Lynx lynx
Conservation Status Near Threatened
Location N Europe to E Asia
Colour See Below
Length 0.8 - 1.3 m (2.5 - 4.25 ft)
Tail 11 - 25 cms (4.25 - 10 inches)
Weight 8 - 38 Kgs (18 - 84 lbs)
Life Expectancy

13 Yrs (Wild)
Up to 25 Yrs (in Captivity)

Main Characteristics

The Eurasian Lynx is a medium sized cat and it is the largest of the lynxes. They have a body length between 0.8 and 1.3 m (2.5 - 4.25 ft), a tail length between 11 and 25 cms (4.25 - 10 inches) and they weigh between 8 and 38 Kgs (18 - 84 lbs).

They have either a rusty or greyish/yellow base coat and they can be either plain or have dark coloured spots or stripes.


Eurasian Lynx are found in the forests and scrublands of northern Europe to eastern Asia. They are solitary and mainly nocturnal.


Eurasian Lynx mainly feed on deer, goats and sheep, but if food is scarce they will prey on smaller animals such as rabbits, hares, pikas, rodents and foxes.


After a gestation period of 63 - 70 days, a litter of 1 - 4 cubs are born. They are weaned at 3 - 5 months old and become independent at 10 months old. They reach sexual maturity between 2 and 3 years of age.


Predators of the Eurasian Lynx include humans.


Subspecies of the Eurasian Lynx include:

Lynx lynx lynx
Lynx lynx isabellinus
Lynx lynx kozlovi
Lynx lynx sardiniae
Lynx lynx stroganovi

Interesting Facts

Similar Animals

Iberian Lynx
Canadian Lynx


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