Weight: 90-300 pounds
Tail: 22 inches
The jaguar, often incorrectly called
a panther (a panther is a leopard), is a massive and powerfully built cat,
with a deep-chested body and a large head. Its coat is yellowish-brown
with dark brown spots in center-spotted rosettes.
Some individuals are
very dark brown, almost black, effectively masking their spots. The jaguar
may be found near water in savannahs and forests in all parts of North and
South America south of the United States. The last native jaguar in the
U.S. died in the early 1960's.
It hunts by twilight, from the ground, and
seeks peccary, capybara, coypu, otter and fish. It is an excellent