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Cheetah: Nature's speed machine (animated)

Chertah SPEED 0-60 MPH FASTEST LAND MAMMAL 2.7 64 MPH 60 70 They're lightning quick poachers-small aerodynamic head, long slender body, oversized respiratory system; lean, highly concentrated fast-twitch muscle groups. Not for long distances, but short bursts of blurring velocity; down to the black glare-reducing stripes under their eyes. THIS IS NATURE'S SPEED MACHINE. CHEETAH SECONDS PORSCHE 911 TURBO S 0.0 30 40 50 43 MPH GREYHOUND SECONDS CHEETAH 3.1 40 MPH RACE HORSE SECONDS FERARRI ENZO 23 MPH USAIN BOLT VISION Cheetahs rely more on their vision to spot and track prey than other predators. They often seek out high spots like termite mounds or tree limbs from which to survey their surroundings. • Cheetahs can see detail to a distance of 3 miles DETAIL @ 3 MILES • Dark stripes resembling tear marks run from the eye down to the muzzle. It is believed that these stripes reduce sun glare, similar to the eye black a football quarterback might wear. 100-149 LBS. ORGANS =2.5 FT. 3.5-4.5 FT. • The cheetah requires vast amounts of oxygen to fuel it's muscles. As such, a cheetah has enlarged nostrils, sinuses, lungs and heart. A cheetah's lungs, liver, and heart are three times that of a lion in TAIL BODY TAIL STRIDE PAWS relation to its size. The tail measures a massive 2 to 3 ft., which is about 2/3 total body length. • There are two occasions during a stride when none of the cheetah's paws are in contact with the ground; when the legs are fully extended, and when they are fully contracted under the body. CHEETAH vs. LION 00 LARGER LUNG, LIVER, & HEART JA PROPORTIONALLY TAIL LENGTH • A full stride can cover as much as 20 feet! TAIL = 2/3 BODY LENGTH .... FULL BODY HOUSE CAT DOG CHEETAH BREATHS PER MINUTE 20- FT. STRIDES • A cheetah's paws bear closer resemblance to dogs than cats. RESTING MAX 125 Elongated pads offer more traction than the traditional rounded pads of other cats. • It not only serves as an effective counter-balance, but also has a flattened tip that acts like a rudder to guide direction, This elongated stride is made possible by a very flexible spine which not only flexes to allow the 14-20 80 gape at full stretch, but acts much like an archer's bow; a store of • Unlike other cats, a cheetah's energy which snaps the legs back under the body. claws never fully retract. This gives them added traction. = 16 60-150 Pivoting hips and shoulders that are not attached to the collarbone also allow an extreme • The paw's cushions have transversal folds that increase range of movement. adherence to the ground. CHEETAH ADVANTAGE: VARIABLE STRIDE RATE Cheetahs are able to change their stride frequency (strides per second) as they reach higher speeds. At 20 mph, they average 2.4 strides per second, but at 38 mph, they average 3.2 strides per second. STRIDES PER SECOND COMPARISON CHEETAH • The pad is hard like tire rubber. • Like other cats, cheetahs run on their toes. 3 GREYHOUND RACE HORSE 20 MPH • > 38 MPH Sourcesıy-Cheetah-is-the-Fastest-Land-Animal-69322.shtnl htt:l/ne DESIGN & RESEARCH BY In comparison, Greyhounds maintain a constant rate of around 3.5 strides JACOB O'NEAL per second no matter how fast they run. Racehorses come in at around 2.25 strides per second and also maintain a near constant stride rate. http://www.spldbus com/JessZoo/Cheetahılabies/info/aboutcheetah.htm (JACOBONEAL.COM) 110 120 90 100 2.5 FT.

Cheetah: Nature's speed machine (animated)

shared by Jake ONeal on Sep 06
Did you know that cheetahs can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH faster than a Ferarri? The amazing cheetah is the perfect example of natural specialization. They're made for speed. Such a beautiful animal ...


Jacob O'Neal




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