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The Asian Snow Leopard is an endangered species native to the mountain ranges of South Asia and Central Asia. The mountain range extends through many different countries, including Afghanistan, China, India, Mongolia, Nepal, Russia, Bhutan, and Kazakhstan. They mate in Winter, and have a gestation period of 90-100 days, which makes their cubs be born from April to June. The mom gives birth in a rocky den or crevice, and she has a litter of 1-5 cubs. The cubs have fur at birth, but they are blind and helpless. At birth, they weigh 11-20 pounds. After 2-4 months, they leave the den, and after 18-22 months, they leave their mom. They become adults after 2-3 years, and they live for 15-18 years.This feline is a carnivore that eats karakoram, bharal, Himalayan Tahr, Markhor, hares, birds, livestock, and carrion.

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