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Jaguarundi (Puma yaguarondi)
Jaguar photographed at Gato-mourisco Zoo , Sao Paulo
Photograph by Marcio Motta. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
Photographed in Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Photograph by Alan Wolf. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
Photograph by Gary Halvorsen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. License: Public Domain. (view image details)
The Jaguarundi is small cat, slightly larger than a domestic cat. It has a proportionately longer body and shorter legs than other American cats. There are two color forms- one is greyish black and the other is reddish. The fur coat is uniform in color, with no spots, and is paler on the underside. Populations from tropical rainforests are usually darker, an those from drier more open country are paler. Kittens sometimes have spots at birth but lose these before they grow to adults.
Head and body length: 50cm - 77cm. Tail length: 33cm - 60cm.
grassland, shrub land, tropical rainforest, deciduous forest and scrubland. Often seen near water.
small mammals, reptiles, birds, frogs, and fish
One to four kittens are born after a gestation period of 63 to 75 days. The kittens start to leave the den at about 4 weeks old and can feed themselves by 6 weeks of age.
southern Texas and Arizona to northern Argentina
Relatives in same Genus
Cougar (P. concolor)
Wild Cats of the World
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