"Jag War" - "the flying
~ in the south of the USA, Central America and in the rain forests
of South America, but mostly at the edge of the forest and in the
savannah. Jaguars usually live in areas that are well supplied with
woods, shrubs or high grass and - most importantly - water.
Unfortunately the number of these beautiful cats decreases due to
deforestation of the rain forest, in some parts entire subspecies
~ Jaguars have yellow to reddish-brown fur with black rosettes,
which contain up to two pots. (to compare: leopards have rosettes
without spots). These rosettes merge into stripes on legs and neck.
The underside of the neck to the belly is ochre to white, as are the
insides of the legs.
~further, there are black variations of the jaguar (more to find under
Length 110 to 180 cm (measured without the tail)
Shoulder height of 70 to 80 cm
Tail length 50 to 60 cm
Weight female 45 to 90 kg
Weight male 55 to 100 kg
~ Jaguars are rather sturdy and strongly built, yet still they are very
lithe and agile. Due to their massive appearance one tends rather to
thinking that they live on the ground, which in fact is gernerally
correct. However, they are gifted with exzellent climbing skills,
which makes them in trees at home just as leopards.
~the maximum age of jaguars is about 12 years, in captivity up to 22.
- rare in free nature.
~ under normal conditions the jaguar is a loner, but exceptions
~ the mating time is throughout the year. The female is pregnant
between 92 to 100 days. A litter consists of 1 to 4 cubs - and these
stay with their mother till the own sexual maturity (about 2 years).
~ the table of the jaguar is richly set. Its food pallet begins
with small animals such as frogs, fish, lizards, continues to go over
snakes, turtles, cayman, iguana, armadillos, smaller crocodiles and
deer. Apes, ground breeding birds and various large mammals
and ends with avocados. Sometimes it hunts also a few pets like dogs.
(they are an easy prey).
~ If you've ever seen a jaguar hunt, you would recognize that
it is a fast short-distance runner. It patiently waits lying
in ambush for several hours directly on the often used paths
of its prey, to strike within the blink of an eye. One powerful
wipe with the paw kills the booty, or at least tears it onto
the ground. A deadly neck bite or a bite into the head basis
completes the hunt. In order to hunt fish, it waits in shallow
waters for fish and strikes it directly from the water onto the
dry. Jaguars carry their prey to a safe place prior to eating it.
They bury the rest of the meal secretly. Their most important
"tools" are their fangs, which are able to split a skull or
a shell easily.
||Panthera (Big cats)
Panthera onca (Jaguar)/approx. 8
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