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Ocelot
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Felis pardalis
Family Name:
Felidae
Location:
S. U.S. to Central and South America. In tropical rain forest, grassland,and swamp.
Size:
20-39in.
(50 -100cm)
Weight:
25-35lb.
(11.5-16kg)
Social Unit:
Solitary
Gestation:
79-85 days
Birth:
1-3
Diet:
birds, small mammals, fish, reptiles, large mammals
 
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Ocelot

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Ocelot Description
  Typically cat like in its lifestyle, the Ocelot is extremley adaptable by nature. It inhabits a wide range of habitats from humid forests to dry scrubland-as long as there is dense cover provided by vegetation. Mainly terrestrial, it also climbs , jumps, and swims well, and rests by day in a tree hollow or on a branch. A nocturnal hunter , the Ocelot has a variety of prey such as rodents, birds, lizards, fish, bats, young deer, monkeys, armadillos, anteaters, and turtles.
The Ocelot has a beautiful coat witha distinctive pattern of dark ''rosettes'' over its tawny yellow to reddish gray coat. Two black stripes mark its cheeks, and its tail is ringed.
In the 1960s and 1970s, around 200,000 Ocelots were lost to the fur trade each year. Protected in much of its range, the Ocelot's numbers have risen- although it is now threatened by deforestation.
 
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