Cheetahs are cool animals and there are many interesting facts about them. One factor is their speed is incredible! Cheetahs cover about 7m which is 20 to 25ft in one stride. They can run up to 0-96 km/h which is (60 mph.) Cheetahs tend to die out after a few minutes of running. The reason cheetahs can go so fast is because their legs muscles consist of fast twitch fibers causing them to run faster. Since cheetahs run so fast they have to be eating something that provides the energy to sprint. Their diet consists of hares, birds, and smaller antelopes. If cheetahs want larger animals like zebras or wildebeest, then they’d hunt in a pack.
Although cheetahs are the second fastest land mammal on Earth but there are still a few who are fast as well. Coming in at number one is the Mighty Mite speed is equivalent to a person running roughly 1,300 miles per hour. Number two is the Australian Tiger Beetle it tops out to about 171 body lengths per second. That’s 22 times the speed of former Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson. Number three is the Wind Scorpion although it’s not a true scorpion it runs at about 10 mph, which is also several dozen body lengths per second. Number four the American Cockroach it runs at 3.4 mph which is 50 body lengths per second. That’s comparable to a person running 210 mph.
Cheetahs can adapt to their environment very quickly. The claws on a cheetah helps it run swiftly. Cheetahs don’t run in straight line the reason is because their prey is focused on escaping not it’s direction so, cheetahs run diagonally by the prey’s side and when the time is right they pounce on their prey. Have you noticed that football players have black stripes under their eyes well cheetahs do too. This black stripes are called “tear marks” although these aren’t from tears it help prevents glare from the overhead sun. Their color is also an adaptation it helps blend it or camouflage to a small degree.
These magnificent creatures live in sub-Saharan Africa and in some eastern and southern Africa parts. Cheetahs can also be found in southern Algeria, northern Niger and Iran. They like dry, open grasslands where they can pick up speed and kill prey. Sometimes people can get cheetahs and jaguars mixed up. You can get confused thinking that cheetahs live in trees but they cannot climb trees that’s jaguars.