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Jaguar

Panthera onca

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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

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18 Comments

triggsturner
triggsturner 5 years ago

My pleasure Leuba and thank you for the comment. Couldn't resist trying to take a picture of her dental assets!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

That third shot is amazing -you would have to feel sorry for the victims ! But what gorgeous creatures. Thanks triggsturner.

triggsturner
triggsturner 5 years ago

Thank you Pajaro. Good luck with your search. It is so worth the time and energy when you find them.

PajaroSpeed
PajaroSpeed 5 years ago

Great!!!
I hope to see one of these soon ! it's my favorite feline

triggsturner
triggsturner 5 years ago

Thank you Polilla, was an awesome experience.

pamsai
pamsai 5 years ago

haha... and rightly so, Robert.

triggsturner
triggsturner 5 years ago

Thanks Mark, and thanks Pamsai. Watching these animals made my year Pam!

pamsai
pamsai 5 years ago

Congratulations... this sighting must have made your day !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Wow what a great set of pics. Congrats.

triggsturner
triggsturner 5 years ago

Thank you all for your positive and wonderful comments. Thank you PN for the SOTD - an honour, and thank you dcslaugh for your explanation of the name. Very interseting about the other species too.

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 5 years ago

Congrats on your SOTD. Lovely series!

dcslaugh
dcslaugh 5 years ago

The word "jaguar" comes from the Tupi-Guarini language family of South America. The bird "anhinga" and the flower genus "jacaranda" also have their origin from this language family.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupi%E2%80...

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 5 years ago

Congratulations! Absolutely incredible :)

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

Stunning. Congrats triggsturner.

AshleyT
AshleyT 5 years ago

Congrats triggsturner, this awesome encounter has been chosen as Spotting of the Day!

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DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

What a fantastic series Robert!

triggsturner
triggsturner 5 years ago

Thank you Reza, I was stunned to see both these animals. A lifetime memory.

Gorgeous !

triggsturner
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MT, Brazil

Spotted on Oct 26, 2015
Submitted on Dec 18, 2015

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