A feline predator, the snow leopard can reach more than 4 feet in length and weigh up to 160 pounds. The species' gray, spotted fur can reach up to 1 inch in length on the back and 3 inches on the belly. The thickness helps keep the predator warm in its cold environment, and the spots provide camouflage. The long tail is used to aid balance while climbing and can also be wrapped over the face during freezing temperatures. Large, furry paws help keep the leopard warm and provide padding against the sharp rocks of its home.
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