The Florida Bobcat ranges from approximately 2-4 feet in length and weighs roughly 15-25 pounds. (nearly twice the size of an average house cat)
The bobcat has tufted, triangular-shaped ears, tufts around its face and a spotted coat. Its coat ranges in color from gray to reddish-brown, and its spots may be brown or black. The bobcat’s belly and the backs of its ears are white with black spots. Young bobcats have more distinctive mottled or spotted marking on their faces than adults. A bobcat often appears completely black when it is wet, but only the tip of the tail is actually black.
The bobcat has retractable claws, like house cats. Because a bobcat is around the size of a medium-sized dog, its track markings help distinguish it. The bobcat is an extremely efficient mover, putting its back feet in the same place their front feet stepped, to avoid disrupting its surroundings any more than it has to.
Bobcats are typically opportunistic carnivores and will eat whatever they can catch. This includes, but is not limited to, rabbits, rodents, small reptiles, birds, small cats and dogs, eggs, and the occasional deer.
These beautiful felines are excellent climbers and jumpers. Often times, when threatened, they will climb the nearest tree or fence.