Eurasians are the largest of the lynx species, standing 28 inches at the shoulder. Short tails have black tips.
Fur color is highly variable depending on geographic location and is almost always marked with black spots, but the number and pattern of these varies. The coat color in the winter ranges from silver to yellow to brown. In the summer the coat is shorter, coarser and tends to be more reddish.
Animals from the more northern parts of their range tend to be paler and less spotted than those farther south. The underparts, chest, neck, throat, chin, eyelids, and the insides of the ears and legs are white year-round.
Eurasian lynx are often marked with narrow dark stripes along the back, and several dark stripes may also occur on the forehead, between the ears, and on top of the head. The cheeks may also be marked with a few irregular black lines.
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