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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Felidae
Genus:Felis
Genus species:Felis yagouaroundi

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:55-67 cm
Weight:5.5-10 kg
Identification:The jaguarundi has two color phases, a gray and a red phase. In the gray phase, the jaguarundi has a salt and pepper coat with grizzled underparts. The red phase consists of a black coat with red underparts, brown legs, and a white throat and lips. Also, the legs of the jaguarundi are short.
Habitat:Dense thickets, forest edges
Diet:Carnivore: birds, rabbits, small rodents, frogs, fish
Reproduction:Two to four cubs are born after a gestation period of 60-75 days.
These cats are solitary animals.
Behavior:This fierce tropical cat is very rarely made tame in captivity.
Status:Endangered: loss of habitat, hunting
Interesting Facts:Naturalists once thought the two coat colors of the jaguarundi, smoky gray and rusty red, were different animals.

Other Information

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