This big cat always awakes the interest of people. It was reverenced by indigenous civilizations like the Mayas and Aztecs…that talks about his power and importance in the rain forest.
Unfortunately, the jaguar is listed as an endangered species, althoug their population is still large in Costa Rica. In my whole life, I have seen only 2 of these animals in the wild, but is known that they are masters of camouflage. I am wondering if, in some of my lonely hikes to the rain forest, I’ve was’t been watched or followed by one jaguar…haha. Maybe, I am not a kind of yammy snack for these cats, thank God.
Well, a single male normally patrols his territory, being this larger than 40 square kilometers, and it is sometimes shared with 2 or 3 females.
Males get as large as 6 feet in length, and can reach over 250 pounds in weight. Females are a little bit smaller than males.
Jaguars have one of the most powerfull bites in nature, even stronger than the bite from Lions and Tigers. They kill their preys through a bite between the ears, being able to reach the brain. Jaguars prey on big mammals, like Tapirs and Peccaries, but also prey on birds, reptiles and, just once in a while, humans.
Melanistic individuals occur often, I mean, those black jaguars seen in movies and known as ‘Black Panthers’, but this phenomena occurs because a dominant alelum, as same in Leopards, so, there is nothing called ‘black panther’ but a melanistic cat from these 2 species…
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