Interesting facts about jaguars

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Jaguars are the largest predatory cats in the Western Hemisphere.

In size they are second only to lions and tigers. Outwardly, they most closely resemble leopards. They inhabit a variety of habitats, both open and tree-covered, closely related to the availability of water. The Mayans considered him the god of the underworld, who accompanies the sun when it is underground at night. These beautiful spotted American cats are, unfortunately, like most animals, an endangered species. Read some information about their lives.


Jaguars live in Central and South America and, in small numbers, in the southwestern regions of the United States.


They prefer to settle in forests located near rivers.

They also like to stay in swamps covered with tall grass and reeds.

They are the best swimmers among cats.

They are also skilled at climbing trees.

The jaguar is the third largest feline after the tiger and lion.

This is the largest cat in the Western Hemisphere.

The jaguar's body length is about 180 cm, and its weight can reach 130 kg or more.


Jaguars have the shortest tail among the big cats.

Size from 45 to 75 cm.

Jaguars have the strongest jaws of any cat.

They are capable of making holes in a turtle's shell.

The color of the jaguar is most often red-yellow, covered with dark spots in the form of circles or rosettes, inside of which there are black dots.

There are also black jaguars (you can see spots on them up close) and albino jaguars, but they are extremely rare.

Pregnancy in jaguars lasts from 93-105 days.

Usually two kittens are born.

The mother does not tolerate the presence of the male after the birth of the cubs, fearing for their lives.

The burden of raising offspring lies with the mother.

Jaguars are solitary animals. Groups consist only of mothers with cubs.

The territory of males is about 80 km2, depending on the availability of game. Women's territories are smaller.

Jaguars can growl, but also meow and purr.


Jaguar activity peaks between dusk and dawn.

Both males and females hunt.

They are carnivores and eat only meat.

Its diet includes more than 85 species. It happens that jaguars attack livestock and horses.

Jaguars do not tend to chase their prey, usually hunting from ambush, eavesdropping and stalking.

They have an ability to pounce on their prey that is unmatched in the animal kingdom. It can also drag large prey up a tree.

Jaguars are at the top of the food chain.

They do not fall prey to other predators.

The jaguar population is systematically declining.

Their biggest risks are deforestation of their habitats, poaching and the killing of farmers trying to protect their livestock farms. Jaguars are hunted for their valuable fur.
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