Jaguars

Appearance

The jaguar’s appearance is powerful. Jaguars are the largest cat you will see in America. The jaguar is 6 feet (1.8 meters) long. The tail is 30 inches long. the male weighs up to 120-300 pounds they are 27-30 inches tall.The normal color of a jaguar is yellow, tan, reddish, brown and black. Some jaguars maybe the color black but if you look very closely you may see some orange spots on it. Female jaguars are at least 10-20 % smaller than males. Leopards look just like jaguars, leopards have only one spot at a time, but a jaguar has a group of spots at a time. They have powerful legs and broad rounded feet.

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Habitat

The jaguar lives in the tropical habitat of the rainforest.They live in central America and Mexico. The type of habitat they prefer is a moist dense thick jungle and swamps, grassland and shrub areas. When marking territory jaguars use urine, waste and leaves claw marks on the trees. When humans are too close to the jaguars territory, they stalk humans to escort them out of their territory.

Prey

The jaguars are carnivores their claws allow them to hide and pounce on their prey. Jaguars eat deer, rabbits, frogs, snakes, and monkeys. These mammals use their teeth to break reptiles shells. These mammals also hunt near rivers for fish, turtles and alligators. Jaguars can kill prey in one bite. They climb on trees to attack.

Enemies

Jaguars are starting to be endangered humans are skinning jaguars and selling it.

Jaguars are powerful animals in the rainforest. jaguars are majestic. They rarely attack humans.Jaguars have a lot of enemies. Female jaguars live alone when they have no cubs.

Male jaguars leave the female before the cubs are born and if the female’s cubs are there when the male is there the female will attack the male. Jaguars are starting to be endangered humans are skinning jaguars and selling it.

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Bibliography

Gagne, Tammy. Jaguars. North Mankato, MN: Capstone, 2012. Print.

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Guidone, Julie. Jaguars. Pleasantville, NY: Weekly Reader, 2009. Print.

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