Snow leopards protect themselves using their claws, teeth and camouflage. They are categorized among the various species of large cats and are some of the most unique since they are able to feed on other animals as well as plants.
Snow leopards have a tendency to feed at dawn or dusk, making it possible for them to remain hidden from sight. This offers some level of protection against predators or enemies that would otherwise spot them easily.
These leopards also have smoky gray to yellowish tan and white underparts which help them to be camouflaged in their habitat. Even though they are not aggressive animals, they may defend themselves against enemies by the use of their powerful paws and claws. Their sharp teeth also offer protection since they can use them to inflict injury to enemies.
The thick fur on these animals helps them keep warm despite living in extremely cold environments. They have an exceptionally long tail which is sometimes curled around the body to help keep body heat from escaping. Animals in a group may draw too much attention and that is why the solitary nature of these leopards may also be considered as a defense mechanism against enemies that may otherwise cause harm.