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North American Animals - mamals, birds, reptiles, insects
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)
Ocelot photographed at Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona.
Photograph by Al Andersen. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
Ocelot photographed in Telemaco Borba, Parana, Brazil.
Photograph by Marcio Motta. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
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.
Head and body length 55cm - 100cm. Tail length 30cm - 45cm. Weight: males 10 - 11.5 kg; females 8.8 - 9.4 kg.
Forest, rainforest, scrub, mountain areas with dense cover.
small to medium-sized mammals such as rabbits and rodents. Also frogs, fish, reptiles.
One or two young (rarely 3) are born after gestation period of 79 - 85 days.
South west Texas to northern Argentina
Relatives in same Genus
Margay (L. weidii)
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