What Speed does a Cheetah Run?

A question I get often, how fast can a cheetah run?

A cheetah running at full speed, up to 115km per hour (over 70mph). They can do this for only about 400 meters, then are too exhausted to carry on.

One stride is eight meters (26 feet). They can cover 25 meters ( 82 feet) in 1 SECOND!!!  This actually makes them fly over the ground in the chase

The tail is very important at high speeds as it is used as a rudder. It can move 20 times per second, small movements to maintain balance when turning.

The spine is long and supple bending the hind legs inwards to propel them forward.

The heart is bigger for more oxygen hence more energy

The nostrils are also bigger for more air intake

Next time you are in a car, check your speedometer at 100kph (70mph). That is a cheetah running speed, almost into top gear.

Cheetah at full speed
Low flying

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