Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

The African leopard showing a tooth, also giving me a quizzical look. An up-close and personal portrait photograph of this elusive animal staring into your eyes

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 6 April, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a X-H1 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/7.3
  • Exposure time: 1/850s
  • ISO: 10000
  • Focal Length: 436.8mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 6000 by 4000 pixels (WxH).

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The African leopard is showing a tooth in this portrait, also giving me a quizzical look as if to say, “Really, Anette!” Lazing about in the long grassland, blending in well with the dead pieces of brown grass. The only thing giving its camouflage away is its prominent black spots. The leopard’s eyes are golden pools of amber brown.

Overall, a leopard has 32 teeth. The three types of teeth they have are canines, carnassial (molars), and incisors. The canines are the four long teeth on either side of the leopard’s mouth, as can be seen in the photograph of African Leopard Showing A Tooth. These canines are about five centimeters long. They use them to bite through or pierce prey. Additionally, they have large skulls that can facilitate their powerful jaws muscles. That helps them take down or drag significant victims up into trees. Their shoulder bones (scapula) attach to the muscles and are powerful.

The females weigh between 23 – 60 kilograms, and the males weigh between 30 -91 kilograms. Indeed them about 30% larger than females.

The leopard, Panthera pardus, is in category vulnerable on the IUCN red list.

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