Interesting facts about jaguars


Posted on May 12, 2022      115


 

Strong, hardy, intelligent and graceful, jaguars are some of the largest cats on Earth. In nature, they occupy the top of the food chain, belonging to the top predators, and very few can escape its claws and teeth if a jaguar eats them. They don’t attack humans very often, though, but it’s best not to encounter a jaguar on a narrow path. Although, because of their stealth, it’s almost impossible anyway - these animals know how to camouflage incredibly well.

Jaguar Facts

  • The largest jaguar weighed 158 kg, and he was not fat. But the weight of these animals rarely exceeds 90-110 kg.
  • Ignorant people often confuse jaguars with leopards. They are indeed very similar in appearance, but the leopard is much smaller.
  • Of all the big cats that live in North and South America, jaguars are the largest. Tigers and lions, however, outnumber them in size, but they are found only in Africa and Eurasia.
  • Jaguars are excellent swimmers. Sometimes they even swim many kilometers across straits in search of prey.
  • Because of their swimming skills, this predator can overpower its prey even in the water.
  • The area controlled by the jaguar is almost a regular triangle with a side length of 5-10 kilometers. Two or three times a week, the animal goes to a new place, when the old one is eaten or frightened away.
  • In the Guaraní language spoken in Paraguay, the word “jaguar” means “a beast that kills in one leap”.
  • Smart and savvy jaguars often swim across wide bodies of water by clinging to some floating log.

  • They are always solitary, meeting briefly only to breed.
  • When two jaguars meet on the same hunting grounds, they almost never fight. But other big cats are chased away mercilessly.
  • In some Latin American countries, like Uruguay, these animals have been completely exterminated. Local farmers had a hand in this, as jaguars often attacked their herds.
  • Only the females raise the kittens. The males, after a series of brief encounters, leave for good.
  • Jaguars can climb trees just as well as regular cats, despite their solid mass.
  • The jaguar’s jaws are larger and more powerful than those of any other member of the feline family, including tigers and lion.
  • Like tigers, each jaguar’s pelt pattern is unique and distinctive.
  • About 50% of jaguar kittens die in infancy, not even living until the age of a year and a half or two.
  • These predators do not attack humans, with very few exceptions.
  • Jaguars can imitate the voices of other animals, particularly monkeys, to lure their congeners.

  • The best Mayan warriors were called jaguar warriors, and only they could wear a special cape made of the skin of the beast.
  • Most often, when talking about panthers, we mean the black jaguar. It is exactly the same animal, just differently colored because of a minor genetic difference.
  • Like tigers, jaguars hunt by sneaking or ambushing their prey.
  • Paleontologists have discovered ancient jaguar fossil bones that are about 2 million years old.
  • Indians of several tribes in South America revered the jaguar as a sacred animal.
  • As practice has shown, jaguars and lions can have viable offspring. However, sterile, not capable of further reproduction.
  • There are recorded cases of jaguars hunting even such dangerous opponents as crocodiles and anacondas.
  • Usually, the jaguar attacks any prey it can defeat. He doesn’t shy away from small things, eating small rodents and other small animals occasionally.
  • During the day, these predators usually sleep in a shelter and hunt at dusk.
  • The spread of civilization has reduced the range of the jaguar. Currently, they are listed in the International Red Book.
  • Often there have been recorded cases of jaguars stalking people in the woods, keeping close but not attacking. Scientists believe the beast is simply curious. This seems to be true - if it wanted to, unarmed people would easily become its victims. However, in the wild, jaguars really almost never attack people unless provoked.
  • The body length of an adult jaguar can reach 170-170 centimeters, and that’s not including the tail.

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