I love the Olympics and am enjoying watching the games from Rio, so today I want to write about a famous animal from Brazil, the jaguar.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These huge cats grow up to 2.4 metres long and males are much larger than females. You can tell a jaguar from a leopard by looking at their spots. Jaguars have larger spots that have small dots in the middle.
- They are crepuscular hunters, which means that they are most active early in the morning and late in the evening. They are very fast and have one of the most powerful bites of any cat, which helps them to catch a wide range of prey, including deer, capybaras, peccaries, caimans, tapirs, dogs, fish, birds and a range of small mammals. They have an unusual hunting style, often biting directly through the skull of their prey.
- Jaguars often come in a melanistic form, which gives them black fur. Melanistic jaguars are often called black panthers.
- After mating, the females are left to raise the 2-4 cubs by herself. The cubs stay with the mother for 1-2 years.
- Jaguars have a wide range and are found in rainforests and scrubland near water in Central and South America. They used to be found in the United States, but were eliminated in the 1960’s. Recently, there have been a few sightings in Arizona, which is great news.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about jaguars?