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 Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)




Ocelot | Leopardus pardalis photo
Ocelot photographed at Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona.

Photograph by Al Andersen. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Ocelot | Leopardus pardalis photo
Ocelot photographed in Telemaco Borba, Parana, Brazil.

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

OCELOT FACTS

Description
Ocelots have short tawny to reddish brown fur marked with black spots and rosettes. The underside is lighter or white in color. They have a white spot on the back of each ear and white markings around the eyes and mouth. The tail has black bands the face has two black stripes at each side.

Size
Head and body length 55cm - 100cm. Tail length 30cm - 45cm. Weight: males 10 - 11.5 kg; females 8.8 - 9.4 kg.

Environment
Forest, rainforest, scrub, mountain areas with dense cover.

Food
small to medium-sized mammals such as rabbits and rodents. Also frogs, fish, reptiles.

Breeding
One or two young (rarely 3) are born after gestation period of 79 - 85 days.

Range
South west Texas to northern Argentina

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Felidae
Genus:Leopardus
Species:pardalis
Common Name:Ocelot


Relatives in same Genus
  Margay (L. weidii)

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