Mammal

Jaguar

Area: 
North America, Central America, and South America
Habitat: 
Rain forests, swamps, grasslands, forests, and deserts
Food: 
Turtles, fish, peccaries, deer, tapirs, cattle, capybaras, and caimans
Size: 
Up to 6 feet long
Babies: 
Cubs are born with eyes and ears closed.
Jaguars like the water and are very good swimmers!
Spotted Beauty

 

Most jaguars have orange-brown fur with black spots, but some have black-on-black coloration. So, are they black panthers? No! “Panther” is just a general term that comes from Panthera, the scientific name for big cats. It is also sometimes used to describe leopards, jaguars, and mountain lions.

 

Jaguars can run quickly, but they hide and wait for their food to stroll by instead of chasing it like cheetahs and lions do. Their large jaw muscles allow them to kill their preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. by piercing the skull with their sharp teeth.

 

As people move into jaguar habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows., these cats have started feeding on livestockAnimals that are kept or raised for a specific purpose. For example, a flock of sheep raised for their wool would be called livestock.. Ranchers often respond by trapping and poisoning the jaguars. Logging, mining, and farming also leave less food and habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows. for jaguars, causing them to become endangeredAnimals or plants that survive in such low numbers that they could become extinct in a few years unless something is done to help the populations increase..