Jaguar

Panthera onca

/Jaguar

Jaguar

2018-07-18T14:15:31+00:00July 14th, 2017|
  • Life expectancy in wild 11yr in captivity 16yr
  • Average height 1.5 metres
  • Diet Carnivore – Meat Eater
  • Average weight Male: 106kg Female: 60kg

Conservation status

Endangered

Threats include: Threats include hunting and habitat loss due to deforestation.

Distribution

South America, Central America and Mexico

Habitat

The Jaguar is commonly found in rain forests, savannahs, and swamps, but at the northern end of its territory it may enter scrub country and even deserts. They live alone and define territories of many square miles by marking with their waste or clawing trees.

Jaguars are the largest cat species in the Americas, and the only Panthera species. The Panthera genus includes animals such as tigers, lions, snow leopards, and (the extinct) American lions.

Characteristics

Jaguars are the largest of South America’s big cats. The name jaguar is derived from the Native American word yaguar, which means ‘he who kills with one leap’. They use a variety of calls for communication including, roars, grunts, and meows. Jaguars do not avoid water and are quite good swimmers. Rivers provide prey in the form of fish, turtles, or caimans small, alligator like animals. Jaguars also eat larger animals such as deer, peccaries, capybaras, and tapirs. Large head and powerful jaws are especially equipped for piercing the skull of prey with their large canine teeth. Rosette spotting on fur helps keep the Jaguar well camouflaged. Long tail assists balance when running, making sharp turns and for climbing. Rough paws to increase traction when running.

Reproduction

Gestation: 101 days.
Litter size: 2 - 3 cubs.
The Jaguar is commonly found in rain forests, savannahs, and swamps, but at the northern end of its territory it may enter scrub country and even deserts. They live alone and define territories of many square miles by marking with their waste or clawing trees.
Jaguars have no defined breeding season and will mate any time of year. Females have litters of one to four cubs, which are blind and helpless at birth. The mother stays with them and defends them fiercely from any animal that may approach, even their own father. Young jaguars learn to hunt by living with their mothers for two years or more.

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Classification

Mammals

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Carnivore Country past the Illescas Aviary