Siberian Lynx


Male Siberian Lynx head
This male Siberian Lynx is about 26 inches tall and weighs 65 lb.

The Siberian Lynx (Felix lynx) is also known simply as 'lynx' or Eurasian lynx. They normally inhabit forested areas in northern climates of Europe and Asia. They are territorial and do not usually move far from their own turf.

Their head/body length is 30 to 50 inches with a tail of 4-10 inches long. They stand 24 to 30 inches at the shoulder. Their fur is reddish or yellow-brown with spotting on the lighter colored underside. The last 2 inches of the tail are black. Their ears are tipped with black tufts.

Males are generally larger and more robust than females with larger heads. They have thick long coats in the winter, shedding to a thinner coat in warmer weather.

They are solitary except during breeding which is once a year, normally in February and March. Gestation is 63 to 70 days with litters of from one to five cubs. Babies weigh 6 to 10 ounces at birth and nurse for about five months. They remain with the mother until the next breeding season and mature around 2 to 3 years of age. They live up to 26 years of age.

As with all other cats, this species is Appendix II of CITES because it has been hunted relentlessly as a predator of poultry and livestock. Lynx are quite capable of bringing down livestock many times their own weight.

In captivity, lynx are not to be take lightly and must be treated with great respect and caution. Females appear to be more tractable until they are ready to give birth. They are quite fearsome when they have kittens. All lynx that are not used for breeding programs should be neutered.

We feed our lynx a mixture of chicken (bones and all) zoological vitamins, exotic felid diet and some green vegetables. Like all cats, lynx enjoy fresh grass occasionally that helps them 'barf' up hair balls that accumulate in their 'gut' formed there as a result grooming.


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