Caracal Adult Male Skull


The skull of the Caracal is high and rounded, featuring large auditory bullae, a well-developed supraoccipital crest normal to the sagittal crest, and a strong lower jaw.

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Caracal Adult Male Skull Replica measures 5.5 inches. Caracal Adult Male Skull is museum quality polyurethane resin cast. Made in USA. California Academy of Science specimen. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

The Caracal also called Persian Lynx or African Lynx, is a fiercely territorial medium-sized cat. The caracal is sometimes called the Desert Lynx, but it is not a member of the Lynx genus. The caracal is native to Africa, Central Asia, Southwest Asia and India.

The Caracal or Caracal caracal is a slender, moderately sized cat characterized by a robust build, a short face, long canine teeth, tufted ears, and long legs.

It reaches nearly 16–20 in. at the shoulder. The tan, bushy tail extends to the hocks. The caracal is sexually dimorphic; the females are smaller than the males in most bodily parameters.

The prominent facial features include the 4.5-cm-long black tufts on the ears, two black stripes from the forehead to the nose, the black outline of the mouth, the distinctive black facial markings, and the white patches surrounding the eyes and the mouth.

The eyes appear to be narrowly open due to the lowered upper eyelid, probably an adaptation to shield the eyes from the sun’s glare.

The Caracal or Caracal caracal ear tufts may start drooping as the animal ages. The coat is uniformly reddish tan or sandy, though black caracals are also known. The underbelly and the insides of the legs are lighter, often with small reddish markings.

The fur, soft, short, and dense, grows coarser in the summer. The ground hairs (the basal layer of hair covering the coat) are denser in winter than in summer.

The length of the guard hairs (the hair extending above the ground hairs) can be up to 1.2 ins. long in winter, but shorten to 0.8 in. in summer. These features indicate the onset of molting in the hot season, typically in October and November.

The hind legs are longer than the forelegs, so the body appears to be sloping downward from the rump.

Male caracals measure in head-to-body length 31 to 43 in. and have 8.3 to 13.4 in. long tails. Male caracals ranged in weight between 16 and 42 lb. The head-to-body length of females is 28.0 to 40.5 in. with a tail of 7.1–12.4 in. Females ranged in weight between 15 and 35 lbs.

The skull of the caracal or Caracal caracal is high and rounded, featuring large auditory bullae, a well-developed supraoccipital crest normal to the sagittal crest, and a strong lower jaw.

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Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 in
Caracal Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Genus: Caracal
Species: C. caracal
Binomial name: Caracal caracal
Conservation status: Least concern