Leopardus wiedii


General description

Small feline; small head; short, erect ears with rounded tips; tail long, thick and covered with abundant hair.

The hair is relatively long, soft and thick.

The color pattern varies between individuals, but generally ranges from dull gray to deep reddish ocher on the sides, pale brown towards the lower sides, with a pale yellow tint on the belly and inner sides. The paws.

Since most cats are solitary, they only commonly
gather to mate.

They are sparsely distributed even within their natural environment, occupying relatively large home ranges of 11 to 16 square kilometers.

They use olfactory markings to indicate their territory.

They prefer to spend most of their life in the trees, but also travel through the ground, especially when moving between hunting areas.

During the day, they rest on relatively inaccessible branches.

Natives of Central and South America. It lives in dry, humid forests, tropical and subtropical, preferably in areas with dense vegetation; apparently avoids disturbed forests and areas near human presence.

Carnivorous, especially small mammals, birds, and reptiles; also eats insects and eventually fruits.

  • FAMILY: Felidae
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Leopardus wiedii
  • STATE OF CONSERVATION: Almost in danger
  • IT’S FOUND: from southern Mexico, through Central America and the northern South America (east of the Andes)
  • LENGTH: 48 to 79cm
  • WEIGHT: 2.6 to 4kg

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