Ocelots

What is an ocelot?

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2009-04-21 19:20:45

The Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), also known as the

Painted Leopard, McNenney's Wildcat or

Manigordo (in Costa Rica), is a wild cat distributed over

South and Central America and Mexico, but has been reported as far

north as Texas and in Trinidad, in the Caribbean. It can be up to

100 cm (3'2") in length, plus 45 cm (1'6") tail length, and weighs

10-15 kg (about 20-33 pounds), making it the largest of the

generally dainty Leopardus wild cat genus. While similar in

appearance to the Oncilla and the Margay, which inhabit the same

region, the Ocelot is larger and they are the best type of wild cat

ever! The Ocelot The ocelot is an endangered cat. It ranges

from Central America to Texas. It resembles a house cat although it

is slightly larger and has the paten of clouded leopard, which used

to be very valuable fur for coats which is why they are endangered.

Can grow to 1.45 m. in length including the tail. It weighs 25-35

pounds. The ocelot has the lowest body temperature of all cats. It

has short fur that is light brown, white, dark brown, and has black

markings. The ocelot lives longer in captivity than out free. When

it is ready to have babies it will find a den in a hallow tree or a

cave or a thicket with thorns. The ocelot has 2-3 kittens at a time

and they are born with there eyes closed. The kittens are born in

the autumn with only a thin layer of fur, the kittens are helpless.

Ocelots are very territorial and will fight to the death some

times. How ever they some times allow another ocelot of the same

sex to sleep on there territory. The ocelot hunts mostly at night

and its pray include: small deer, rabbits, rodents, reptiles and

when available, fish. Unlike most cats the ocelot can swim and

fish.


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