Jaguar

The Jaguar – Panthera Onca – Is a big Cat that looks similar and is often confused with a leopard. There are several differences though. The Jaguar is somewhat bulkier and stockier than the Leopard and is considered the bigger of the two. Depending on their territory & diet the Jaguar can weigh in at a whopping 96kg whereas the largest Leopards max out at about 80kg. One of the most distinguishing markings you will find on jaguar is the merged rosettes along the spine which is distinctly different and darker to the rest of the body, whereas with a leopard the rosettes are evenly spread across the sides and spine with no difference along the spine. The Jaguar is the cat with the strongest bite force slamming its jaws down with a force of around 900PSI. The jaguar is known to crush the skull of its prey.

Jaguars are found in the Southern Part of North-America and South America. You will find melanistic Jaguars (Jaguars that are all black) however not as frequently as Leopards that are melanistic.

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