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Check out this video of a jaguar taking down a caiman in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands. This exclusive National Geographic video is narrated by Luke Dollar, a conservation scientist who helps manage National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative.
Jaguar Attacks Crocodile Video
Some Interesting Facts About Jaguars
- Jaguars are the third-largest feline after the tiger and the lion. Jaguars normally weight in the range of 124 to 211 lb (56 to 96 kg). Larger males have been recorded to weigh as much as 348 lb (158 kg). Females are typically 10–20% smaller than males.
- The length of the jaguar, from the nose to the base of the tail, ranges from 3.7 to 6.1 ft (1.12 to 1.85 m). Their tails are the shortest of any big cat, at 18 to 30 in (45 to 75 cm) in length.
- They are found only in remote regions of South and Central America—particularly in the Amazon Basin. Dense rainforest is its preferred habitat, but can also be found across a variety of forested and open terrains.
- Unlike many other cats, Jaguars (along with tigers) do not avoid water and they are good swimmers. In rivers, they prey on fish, turtles, and caimans. On land, jaguars hunt larger animals such as deer, peccaries, capybaras, and tapirs, sometimes climbing trees to stalk and ambush their prey.
- Jaguars have the third highest bite force of all felids, after lion and tiger, and can kill their prey with one bite. They kill by biting directly into the skull of prey between the ears to deliver a fast and fatal bite to the brain. They can also pierce the shells of armored reptiles.
- The jaguar hunts wild animals weighing up to 660 lb (300 kg) in dense jungle. An individual jaguar can drag an 800 lb (360 kg) bull 25 ft (7.6 m) in its jaws and pulverize the heaviest bones.
- Most jaguars are tan or orange with distinctive black spots, dubbed “rosettes ” for camouflage in the dappled light of its forest habitat. Some Jaguars are so dark, however, that they appear to have no spots.
- Jaguars are solitary animals and are territorial of many square miles, marking their territories with their waste or by clawing trees.
- Females have litters of one to four cubs. The cubs are blind and helpless at birth and gain sight after two weeks. They are weaned at three months but stay in the birth den for six months before leaving to accompany their mother on hunts. The mother defends fiercely from predators – and even their own father.
- Young Jaguars learn to hunt by living with their mothers for one to two years before leaving to establish their own territory.
- The typical lifespan for a jaguar in the wild is thought to be around 12–15 years. The Jaguar has been known to live up to 23 years in captivity.
- Jaguars are considered a near threatened species and its numbers are declining. Threats include loss of habitat. and they are still hunted by humans for their fur. Jaguars are also killed by ranchers because they prey upon their livestock.
Photo Credits: Tambako The Jaguar
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