Do Snow Leopards Live in Caves?

Snow leopard Central Karakoram NP, Pakistan
Snow leopard Central Karakoram NP, Pakistan
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I think that it is incorrect to say that snow leopards live in caves. However, snow leopard cubs are born in a secluded, sheltered den, often a cave or rock crevice. The mother will, it is reported, line the den with her soft belly fur.

There is a record of a den found in Szechwan which was carpeted with molted fur to a depth of 1.27 cms. Newborn snow leopards are blind and helpless at birth but are born with a thick woolly coat to insulate them from the cold.

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  • Source: Wildcats of the World by Mel and Fiona Sundquist at pages 385-386
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