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 Jaguarundi (Puma yaguarondi)




Jaguarundi | Puma yaguarondi photo
Jaguar photographed at Gato-mourisco Zoo , Sao Paulo

Photograph by Marcio Motta. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Jaguarundi | Puma yaguarondi photo
Photographed in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Photograph by Alan Wolf. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Jaguarundi | Puma yaguarondi photo
Jaguarundi

Photograph by Gary Halvorsen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

JAGUARUNDI FACTS

Description
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.

Size
Head and body length: 50cm - 77cm. Tail length: 33cm - 60cm.

Environment
grassland, shrub land, tropical rainforest, deciduous forest and scrubland. Often seen near water.

Food
small mammals, reptiles, birds, frogs, and fish

Breeding
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.

Range
southern Texas and Arizona to northern Argentina

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Felidae
Genus:Puma
Species:yaguarondi
Common Name:Jaguarundi


Relatives in same Genus
  Cougar (P. concolor)

Wild Cats of the World
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