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The Black Panther The black panther is a type of leopard It belongs to the family Felidae and is classified as Panthera pardus Black panthers are found in Africa Asia Minor Middle East India Pakistan China Siberia and Southeast Asia The male panther is called a panther a female panther is called a panthress and an immature panther is called a cub The physical characteristics of the Black Panther vary They are covered with black fur with some darker areas that you can only see in certain lighting The color of the panther depends on its location The black panther has a long dark tail to go with its dark body It has compact muscles and walks with a flowing movement in its limbs The height of a male black panther is about nine feet and a female is seven to eight feet tall The male weight can weigh as little as 85 pounds and up to 198 pounds but a female can weigh from 75 to 130 pounds The life span of a black panther is about twenty-one years It is considered a small cub for six months and a large cub from six months to one and a half years A cub remains with its mother until it is 18 to 24 months old and then it leaves to establish a territory of its own A panther is considered a sub-adult from 15 to 35 years and a prime adult from 35 years to nine years An old adult ranges in age from nine years up till around age twenty-one The black panthers habitat is usually the jungle where its black coat provides a great camouflage The panther usually lives in or near a tree and is a great tree climber After the panther kills his prey he takes it to the top of the tree to keep it away from other predators The black panther has a
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