Some facts about the Jaguar cat

Friday, December 9, 2011

The jaguar is probably the most fierce cat in the Western Hemisphere. Its loud, deep roar and vicious habits make it the most feared animal in the Central and South American rainforests. The jag­uar likes to lie on tree branches and leap upon its prey. It eats such animals as the deer, peccary, tapir, and the agouti. Many hunters and other persons have also been killed and eaten by the jaguar.
Jaguars once roamed as far north as the deserts of Arizona and southern California. But they now live only in México, Central America, and South America.
The jaguar is slightly smaller, but heavier, than the mountain lion. A male jaguar may grow about 8 feet long, including its 2½-foot tail, and may weigh up to 290 pounds. The jaguar's coat is usually deep yellow or brownish-yellow and marked with many dark spots. Some spots look like broken rings. These spots are light-colored with dark borders and a dark spot in the center. Other spots are black. Some South American jaguars are almost coal black. It is next to the lion and tiger in strength among the cats. Ancient Maya Indians considered the jaguar a god.
Scientific Classification.
The jaguar is in the cat family, Felidae.
 It is genus Panthera, species P. onca.


Jaguar cat

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