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How large does a full grown cheetah get?

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A full grown male cheetah can grow to be between 40 and 57 inches long and weigh between 77 to 143 pounds. Females are slightly smaller.

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Newborn cheetahs are small, only about 12 inches long and weighing around 10 ounces at birth. They grow quickly and stay under the protection of their mothers until they are between 18 months and 2 years old.

Female cheetahs typically weigh between 77 and 138 pounds and have a body length of around 45 inches.

Cheetahs are the fastest land animal in the world and can reach speeds of up to 75 miles per hour. They can reach a speed of 60 miles per hour in three seconds, but can only maintain high speeds for a few seconds before tiring.

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