How Quickly Can a Cheetah Accelerate?


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A cheetah can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds. They are the fastest land mammals and utilize their speed to catch prey.

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How Quickly Can a Cheetah Accelerate?
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Cheetahs are found throughout the African grasslands, where they usually hunt for gazelles and antelopes. Their ability to run at such high speeds requires a tremendous amount of energy. Cheetahs use their spotted coats to blend in with their surroundings while they stalk their prey. At the right time, the cheetah will explode from its hiding spot and accelerate toward its prey, using its momentum to knock the prey down. Cheetahs also have an uncanny ability to quickly change direction while running and still maintain a high speed. Successful hunts at top speeds usually last less than 60 seconds.

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