La noche de la iguana

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The snow leopard is a moderately large cat native to the mountain ranges of South Asia and Central Asia. The classification of this species has been subject tochange and its exact taxonomic position will not be resolved until further studies are conducted.
Snow leopards are smaller than the other big cats but, like them,exhibit a range of sizes, generally weighing between 27 and 54 kilograms
Snow leopards have long thick fur, whose base colour varies from smoky grey to yellowishtan, with whitish underparts. They have dark grey to black open rosettes on their body with small spots of the same color on their heads and larger spots on their legsand tail. Unusually among cats, their eyes are pale green or grey in colour
Snow leopards show several adaptations for living in a cold mountainous environment.Their bodies are stocky, their fur is thick, and their ears are small and rounded, all of which help to minimize heat loss. Their paws are wide, which distributestheir weight better for walking on snow, and have fur on their undersides to increase their grip on steep and unstable surfaces; it also helps to minimize heat loss.Snow leopards' tails are long and flexible, helping them to maintain their balance which is very important in the rocky terrain they inhabit; the tails are alsovery thick due to storage of fats, and are very thickly covered with fur which allows them to be used like a blanket to protect their faces when asleep
The snowleopard has a short muzzle and domed forehead, containing unusual large nasal cavities that help the animal breathe the thin cold air of their mountainous environment
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