Jaguars are large spotted feline mammals. The
Jaguar's name comes from Ancient Indian term
yaguara meaning a beast that kills with
Other Names: Panther
Jaguar in Foreign Languages:
Classical Nahuatl: Ocelotl
Navajo: Shádi'ááhde´e´' Náshdóítsoh
Portuguese: Jaguar / Onça
Spanish: Jaguar / Tigre / Yaguareté
Near Threatened / Endangered
Size: Jaguars are 3.8 to 6 feet in length, with
a tail length of 18 to 30 inches. Jaguars weigh 70 to
249 pounds. Male jaguars tend to be larger than their
Habitat: The jaguar is very fond of water and
is often found in marshlands, swamps and seasonally
flooded regions. Jaguars are mostly found in the rainforests
of South and Central America. Forest living jaguars
will often stay close to a river or stream. Jaguars
tend to prefer regions with thick lush foliage.
Description: Jaguars are big cats with strong
compact, muscular body. Jaguars have a large head, broad
muzzle and powerful jaws. They have spots in the rosettes
on their coat. Jaguars have short and stocky limbs to
help the animal to climb, swim and crawl.
Diet: Jaguars are carnivores. Jaguars feed on
deer, capybara, tapirs, fish, turtles, and caimans.
Gestation: Jaguars carry their young
for 3 to 3.5 months.
Did You Know?
The jaguar cat has the most powerful
jaw structure of any cat.
Birth: Jaguars give birth to litters of 1 to
4. Jaguars give birth to kittens weighing 1.5 to 2 lbs.
Sexually Mature: Female jaguars reach sexual
maturity at the age of two. Male jaguars sexually mature
between the ages of 3 - 4.
Life Span: Jaguars live 12 to 15 years
in the wild.
Did You Know?
Jaguars can mate with the other large
cat species in the Panthera genus –
lions, tigers and leopards.
Social Structure: Jaguars are solitary animals
with distinct territories.