How to Draw a Florida Panther

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Florida Panther in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Florida Panther.

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How to Draw a Florida Panther - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start drawing your Florida Panther with the head. Make two lines that go down, curving towards each other, before bending to meet one another with a flat bottom. This will make the bottom of the mouth. Draw another line beneath that to make the chin.

Step 2: Now add the eyes. They should be teardrop shapes, with the tips pointing down and towards the center. Draw a triangle above the lips to make the nose, and draw two lines going up from the tips of that triangle. Draw lines on either side of the cheeks to make the whiskers.

Step 3: Draw the ears by making two curving lines that start on the sides of the faces, before turning around to point down and inwards. Then draw another curved line above those to make the top dome of the head.

Step 4: For the right front leg, start with a line from the right side of the head, and goes down, slanting very slightly to the left. It should then curve to the right, and around to make the foot. Then it should go up and slant to the left to make the other side of the leg. Draw a line that slants to the right, and goes up slightly to draw the detail of the joint above the leg.

Step 5: The left leg is much like the right. Start with a line that goes down, starting from a point to the left of the head. It should go down, before curving slightly to to the right. It should then turn to make the bottom of the foot, before curving up to make the rest of the leg. Draw a slant just above this line going left to make the join. Draw lines at the bottom of both feet to make the toes.

Step 6: Draw the back with a line that slants up, before curving down with a few bumps. It should then slant down and to the left, before curving to the left, going down and then right.

Step 7: To draw the back legs and the feet, start with a line that slants down and to the right. This line should then curve to the right, making the back haunch. Then add some circles to make the toes, and you're done!

Interesting Facts about Florida Panthers

Florida panthers are one of the most endangered mammals in the world. There are less than 160 living in the wild. Florida panthers are often killed in car crashes. Loss of habitat is another reason they are endangered.

Did You Know?

  • Florida panthers are a subspecies of cougar.
  • Florida panthers can run as fast as 35 miles per hour.
  • The Florida panther is Florida’s state animal.
  • Adult male Florida panthers can weigh up to160 pounds. Adult females weigh up to 100 pounds.
  • Florida panthers are born with spots and blue eyes. As they grow up, the spots fade and their coat becomes a tan color. Their eyes change from blue to yellow.
  • Florida panthers eat wild boar, white-tailed deer, hares, mice, and storks.
  • Female Florida panthers give birth to one to four kittens at a time. The kittens stay with their mother until they are two years old.

Florida panthers are also called pumas, cougars, catamounts, and mountain lions. In the southeastern United States, they are simply called panthers. Before they became endangered, Florida panthers lived throughout the southeast region of the United States. They are now only found in the woodlands and swamps at the southern tip of Florida.