The jaguar is one of the most fascinating creatures found in the wild. The jaguar is a feline animal specifically found in the continent of America. The jaguar, or the Panthera onca, belongs to the Panthera genus is one of the big cats found in South America. It is often confused with a leopard due to the similarity between the two. However, on a closer look, the spots or the rosette shaped prints found on a jaguar are distinctly different from those found on a leopard.
Interesting Facts and Features
- The jaguar is the third-largest cat, or feline, after the tiger and the lion;
- Jaguars have the strongest bite force of all Cats and like other 'big' Cats they can roar (other Cats cannot);
- About 5% of jaguars have a condition called melanism. Melanism makes a jaguar appear to be black;
- A jaguar’s roar sounds like a deep, chesty cough;
- Jaguars are also skilled swimmers and climbers.