Esther Merchán Montero
The Bengal cat or leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) is an asiatic cat whose distribution area extends from Pakistan to Philippines and from Sumatra to Mongolia. They live in the tropical evergreen jungles and plantations at the sea level, in subtropical deciduous forests and coniferous forests in the Himalaya mountains over 1000 meters height. They are carnvorous and eat a great variety of little preys, including mammals, lizards, amphibian, birds and insects. Females can have between 2 and 4 babies per litter after a 65-days gestation. The father can help to raise them. Their life is estimated to last 12-15 years. They measure about 60 cm long; 45 if tail in included. They weight oscilates between 3 and 8 Kg. They have nocturan habits, so they stay active from the sunset to the dawn. The swimm with great agility.