Do cheetahs die after sprinting for 30 seconds?

As we know, cheetahs are the fastest living land animals, for they can accelerate to around 120 km/h for 20–30 seconds, or even 60 seconds!

But despite their tremendous speed, cheetahs have very limited endurance, because should they keep their long pace up under the blazing African sun, they immediately die from over-heating. Indeed, the cheetah’s body temperatures increase over the course of the day, and once they reach their highest peak (around 40 degrees Celsius) when running, the cat will immediately break off its run so as to not get overheated.

The reason for this lies in the fact that when the cheetah runs at full speed, blood pumping rates from the heart to other body parts also become fast, because the heart can only pump blood for a maximum time of 10 seconds, and thus the pace starts to slow down after said time.

So, the answer to your question is yes: a cheetah definitely dies if it keeps on sprinting after 30 seconds.

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Were you surprised to learn that a cheetah can't be sprinting for more than 30 seconds?

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Yousuf Mirza
False. The cheetah just doesn't drop dead when the stopwatch reaches 31 seconds. It just slows down a bit and gives up the chase! It is more likely to die of starvation and exhaustion if it has a couple of days off unsuccessful chases!! Cheetahs prefer to hunt in the cooler hours when they are less likely to overheat.
Oct 24, 2018 3:01AM
First paragraph says they can sprint for "even up to 60 seconds." Make up your mind please
Feb 18, 2020 10:15PM
garrett scott
Really poorly written commentary. As Aleta Edin observed, All living creatures die after they do anything. Very rare is the death immediately after any of the things we or cheetahs do. Also, in the body of information, the phrase "long pace" is used where I suspect "fast pace " may have been intended.
Sep 4, 2021 7:00PM
Aleta Edin
This reminded me of a statement we used as children. “You’ll die after it.” Everyone will die after you do this or that because everyone will eventually die so if you haven’t died before it. You will definitely die after it.
Aug 5, 2020 9:48PM
Could sprint for up to 60 seconds but probably not at 100% top speed. The cheetah must be Very good at gauging when prey is withiin 30 to 60 second sprint range, but preferably much closer.
May 9, 2020 6:40PM
Yes I was surprised.
Mar 8, 2020 12:23AM
Can you out run a Cheetah in 30 seconds?
Feb 25, 2020 8:46PM
If I had to be a cat that would be it
Feb 18, 2020 1:03PM
e dilley
What a load of B S. This question is very ambiguous. Word the question differently.
Jan 20, 2020 2:55AM
Wayne Morrison
In the start of this answer you say 70 mph for 20 or 30 seconds even up to a minute then you close by saying yes they die if they sprint for 60 seconds. I'm sure there are a number of factors that determine maximum speed and duration. The actual physical condition of the animal, weather, ambient temperature, terrain. To say they die at 60 is overstating the danger.
Dec 24, 2019 5:29PM
The cheetah would have to run for more than 30 seconds to approach the danger zone and then die. The question is poorly phrased. Yes at some time after 30 seconds a cheetah will die if it continues to run at full speed . The cheetahs natural instincts like ours will tell it to slow down before it reaches the fatal zone.
Dec 2, 2019 5:19PM
michellej ault
Sue Gembrini-Spataro, its bs
Nov 5, 2019 6:13PM
michellej ault
tatava, it's not true
Nov 5, 2019 6:12PM
Wow I was surprised about the Cheetah and it's one of my favorites of The Big Cats .
Nov 1, 2019 9:47PM
What a load of BS!
Oct 2, 2019 3:06PM
carolvanwyk cvw
Absolute rubbish
Aug 21, 2019 1:23AM

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