Ailani Wong (Silverman): Jaguars
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Jaguars live in rainforests located in Central and South America. Jaguars are also found in open plains. They do not need to migrate because it is always warm in rainforests. Jaguars like to live alone except when they want to have a family. They love to climb trees. In fact, they sleep on tree branches.
Female jaguars can start mating when they are two years old and males start when they are 3-4 years old. They can mate any time in the year. Sometimes jaguars have to fight for their female. They separate after they mate. Jaguars are pregnant for 100 days. Females can have up to 4 cubs. They are mammals and cubs drink their mother's milk.
Jaguars are solitary animals which means they like to be alone. They are also territorial and they mark their territory with urine and feces. Their coat helps them camouflauge to hunt. They are powerful predators. Jaguares that have a black coat are called panthers. Like other big cats, they can roar very loudly. Some cultures considered them as Gods (like Mayans).
Jaguars are mammals. Jaguars scientific name is Panthera orca. They are vertebrates and are 4 to 6 feet long. Their tail length is 1 to 2 feet long. Jaguars can weigh as much as 350 pounds. They are the third largest big cat after tigers and lions. They have a beautiful skin with dark rosettes. Female jaguars have 1 to 4 cubs. A jaguar can live 12 to 15 years.
Jaguars are consumers. Jaguars eat only meat which makes them carnivores. They eat reptiles, mammals and fish. They hunt for food on the ground and trees. Jaguars eat pigs. They swing their tails above the water to attract the fish and then they catch the fish.