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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Felidae
Genus:Panthera
Genus species:Panthera onca

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:110-185 cm
Height:68-76 cm
Weight:57-138 kg
Identification:The jaguar has a yellowish-brown coloration that can vary from white to black. It also has black spots on its belly that become rosettes on the back. The tail tip, lower jaw, and outer surface of the ears are black.
Habitat:Tropical forests, swamps, open country, deserts, savannas
Diet:Carnivore: tapirs, peccaries, capybaras, caimans, turtles, birds, fish
Reproduction:Males usually mate with several females. Dens are located in thick vegetation, rocks, or holes in a river bank. A gestation period of 93-110 days produces a litter of 1-4 cubs.
Jaguars are solitary cats.
Behavior:Males are usually territorial. Jaguars can often be seen climbing trees or swimming.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This is the largest cat found in South America.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern North America
Northern South America
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Jaguar
feline
cat
Panthera
Felidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals