Third largest cat species after the Tiger and Lion. Males grow up to 100kg (220lbs) but have been recorded up to 150kgs (330lbs). On average females are 10-20% smaller. They usually have a tawny yellow base coat with large black rosettes and spots but colour morhpism is not uncommon which occurs at a rate of around 6% of a population producing black animals. Legs and tail are relatively short to body mass which are perfect for climbing, crawling through heavy forest and swimming.
Although quite wide spread through Central America and down into South America, this species has a Conservation Status of 'Near Threatened'. These animals were photographed in the Brazilian Pantanal on the river bank. Although usually solitary they were together and mated twice during observation.
This species is known for having the strongest bite relative to size of all the cats, (closely followed by the Clouded Leopard). They kill their prey in a number of ways but the most unusual thing about Jaguars is their ability of biting through turtle shells or through a prey victims skull. A reasonably sized male can have a bite force of over 500kgf (1110lbsf) at the point of the canine teeth! Ref: Wikipedia