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Jaguar
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Panthera onca
Family Name:
Felidae
Location:
Central to N.South America. In tropical forest, savanna, scrub, and wetland.
Size:
3 1/2- 6 1/4ft
(1.1- 1.9m)
Weight:
79- 350lb
(36- 160kg)
Social Unit:
Solitary
Gestation:
93-105 days
Birth:
1-4
Diet:
Large mammals, reptiles and fish
 
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Jaguar

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Jaguarundi Description
  The only "big" cat found in the Americas, the Jaguar looks like the Leopard, but its coat is patterned with dark-centered rosettes, and it is more squat and powerfully built, with a large, broad head, and heavily muscled quarters. Along the midline of its back is a row of elongated spots that may merge to form a solid line.
Melanistic individuals is common; the spots of such animals may still be seen in bright light. Living in watery habitats-permanent swamps and seasonally flooded forest - the Jaguar is an excellent swimmer, even feeding on aquatic prey such as crocodilians. However, it hunts mostly on the ground, stalking or ambushing its prey and dragging it away to a sheltered spot to eat.
Solitary and territorial, the Jaguar marks it range with urine and tree scrapes, communicating with others of its kind through a variety of sounds, including roars, grunts, and mews.
Despite legal protection and reduced hunting for fur, the Jaguar is increasingly at risk from habitat loss and persecution as a predator, especially on cattle ranches.
 
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