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Panthera onca


Jaguars are found from Mexico to Northern South America. They have been seen in the southwestern United States, but it is rare.


They live in rainforest, scrublands and swamps.

Body Traits

Jaguars can be up to 8 feet long including their tail. Their spots are actually rings with spots inside them. This is how you can tell the difference between a jaguar and a leopard, which has solid spots.


They kill their prey by biting through their skull.


Jaguars hunt capybara and wild pigs, crocodiles and rodents.


Predator is man.

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Jaguars live alone except when they come together to mate. Females are pregnant for 100 days (gestation) and have one to 6 young.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status

They can live up to 15 years in the wild. They are listed as Lower Risk - near threatened on the CITES List (International List) and endangered on the U.S. Federal Endangered Species List.



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Pantherinae
Genus: Panthera
Species: Panthera onca

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