The Greek Sphinx is a mythological creature with a woman's head and the feet of a lion, which kills its victims by strangulation
While this is all well and good for a written myth, it has some glaring issues that won't do for any sphinx I add to my world
To explain, though both humans and lions are capable of strangulation/suffocation, they do it in different ways. A human will use their hands, either directly or using some sort of tool; the leonine feet of a sphinx are inelegant tools of running and slashing, with no capacity to do the fine work of human strangulation. A lion will use their powerful jaws to clamp their prey's throat; the sphinx's mouth is tiny and weak, and could not withstand constant use in strangulation
The sphinxes for my world would be smaller than lions, close to humans in size. The head is human-like, as is the neck, which is short and curved. The rest of the anatomy is leonine. Like the sphinx of mythology (and lions to some degree), they would strangle/suffocation all of their prey and victims. They would have a similar set of prey to leopards, but with a significant number of humans mixed in. I could make small tweaks to details of the body, if it is required for this strangulation
Is there some way that these sphinxes could realistically strangle or suffocate their victims?