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Name: Jaguar, Panthera onca, related to the Leopard, Lion and Tiger.

Description: A large feline mammal with tawny coat spotted with black rosettes.

Location: Mexico, Central and South America and occasionally southwestern United States

Special Features:

  • Averages 5-8 feet long
  • Can weigh up to 340 pounds
  • Can live to 11 years in wild, up to 20 in zoos
  • Solitary animal
  • Strong swimmers
  • Shy in nature
  • Well-camouflaged
  • Diet: Will survive on anything from herd animals to insects.

    Neat Fact: Jaguars mark their territory with urine, scent markings, and by scratching trees.

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