Do you Know the Maximum Speed of Cheetah?

The cheetah, also known as the hunting leopard, is a big cat that occurs mainly in eastern and southern Africa and a few parts of Iran. The only extant member of the genus Acinonyx. The cheetah is characterised by a slender body, deep chest, spotted coat, a small rounded head, black tear-like streaks on the face, long thin legs and a long spotted tail. Its lightly built, slender form is in sharp contrast with the robust build of the other big cats.

The cheetah reaches nearly 70 to 90 cm (28 to 35 in) at the shoulder, and weighs 21–72 kg (46–159 lb). Though taller than the leopard, it is notably smaller than the lion. Basically yellowish tan or rufous to greyish white, the coat is uniformly covered with nearly 2,000 solid black spots.

The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is one of the fastest mammals found in the animal kingdom today. I have searched through many books and other references to find that the maximum speed of a cheetah is documented with the speed of about 30 m/s (70 mph). They can run 70 mph (or 110 kph), which is as fast as cars drive on the highway. The cheetah can reach its top speed in just 3 seconds!

The top speed ever recorded for a cheetah was one which ran at 75 mph, it is unsure whether this is an average cheetah speed, most cheetahs which have been recorded running were in the range of 60 - 70 mph.

They can reach their top speed in 3 seconds (faster than most super cars), and can maintain this speed for at least 60 seconds, although they generally keep running at high speeds for about 90 seconds especially when trying to catch prey.

From standing start, a cheetah can accelerate from zero to 20 m/s in two seconds, at a rate of 10 m/s2. Most race cars cannot accelerate that fast.

The cheetah is the world's fastest land mammal. With acceleration that would leave most automobiles in the dust, a cheetah can go from 0 to 60 miles (96 kilometers) an hour in only three seconds. These big cats are quite nimble at high speed and can make quick and sudden turns in pursuit of prey.

Every part of a cheetah's body is made for speed. Its body is slender, light and its long tail helps it to stay balanced. The bones of a cheetah are designed to take punishment. The claws of the Cheetah do not retract, they grip the ground and help cheetah push off the same way a track shoe with cleats help a runner start a race.

Posted by: Lusubilo A. Mwaijengo

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