The sand cat (Felis margarita) is equipped for desert life. Large ears radiate heat. Covered with hair, its footpads are
Sand cat

Arabian sand cat kitten at the Cincinnati Zoo

insulated from the hot sand. During extreme heat, the sand cat cools off in a burrow. The sand cat does not need to drink often as it gets enough moisture from its prey.


  • Length: 1.3 to 1.9 ft
  • Height: Up to 1 ft
  • Weight: 4.4 to 5.5 lbs
  • Lifespan: Up to 15 yrs
  • Habitat: Desert
  • Diet: Small rodents, lizards and insects
  • Risk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Lower risk/near threatened )
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