Leopardus Pardalis


General description

It is the largest of the small spotted cats.

The tail is narrow and without thick fur; it is shorter than the hind legs.

The dorsal part is sandy brown to pale yellow, with a pattern of black rosettes or large ovals with a fawn-brown central part.

The ventral part has black and white spots.

The coat is also short and smooth, it is inverted on the nape, leaning towards the head.

The eyes are medium, yellowish, but in the light reflection, the eyes are bright yellow.

The legs are long and the front ones are wider than the back ones.

They are mainly nocturnal and crepuscular; Solitary and terrestrial, however, they are very easy to climb trees.

Felines such as the ocelot fulfill a regulatory function in wild populations, in different ecological niches, due to the fact that they occupy a wide range of habitats interacting as predators or competitors, for which they are indicator species of the good quality of ecosystems and keys to the conservation.

It can inhabit a great variety of ecosystems, including forests of mangroves and coastal swamps, savannah prairie and grasslands, scrub thorny and tropical forests of all kinds.

Carnivorous, some animals that make up its diet are wild rats and mice, bald foxes, can sometimes hunt animals of the size medium, such as monkeys, sloths, guatusas and armadillos.

  • FAMILY: Felidae
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Leopardus Pardalis
  • IT’S FOUND: Southwestern United States, Mexico, Central and South America
  • LENGTH: 70 to 100cm
  • WEIGHT: 8 to 16kg

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