The Ocelot

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The Ocelot

DescriptionA category the Ocelot falls under is the herbivore. Ocelots are meat eaters, so they eat foods like rodents, rabbits, young deer, birds, snakes, fish, iguanas, and frogs. The Ocelot is nocturnal, so it hunts its' food at night. Ocelots have pointed fangs used to deliver a killing bite, and sharp back teeth that can tear food like scissors. Ocelots do not have teeth appropriate for chewing, so they tear their food to pieces and swallow it whole. Their raspy tongues can clean a bone of every last tasty morsel. Ocelots vary in a size range from 28 to 35 inches (70 to 90 cm). They weigh from about 28 to 35 inches (70 to 90 cm). The Ocelot is twice the size of the average house cat, this cat is a sleek animal with a gorgeous dappled coat to camoflage.Ocelots range in color from light yellow to reddish gray, with dark spots and stripes. They have dark stripes on their cheeks and their tail's have rings of dark fur. Their tails are an additional 10 to 15 inches.No one knows for sure how, the Ocelot breeds. Most people think that Ocelots breed twice a year. Once in the winter and once in the summer. Once breeding season arrives, males travel out of their territory to mate, with another female. After they mate, a baby Ocelot is born in about 2 months. First the female makes a well-hidden nest. This is sometimes lined with soft down plucked from her underside. Two to four kittens are born. As each one arrives, the mother breaks the birth sac to free the kitten. She bites off the umbilical cord and licks the newborn clean and dry, then eats the afterbirth. The kittens are born with fur, but they are blind and helpless for several days. Therefore, the mother will leave them only when necessary. For the first few weeks, the kittens feed only on their mother's milk. During this time, she will eat their droppings to keep the nest clean. When the kittens are older, the mother brings them live prey and teaches them how to kill it. Later they Ocelots follow her on hunting trips to develop their skills. Once the kittens become confidedent hunters, they leave the nest to find their own territories.

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EnviromentThe Ocelot lives in a tropical forest biome. the ocelot spends much of its time resting in trees. Unlike domestic cats that can run down trees headfirst, the ocelot climbs down backward. The ocelot is territorial and marks it the boundaries of its territory by spraying trees with urine. Most ocelots are solitary, but some form pairs. Dark blotches on a rich golden or silver base is perfect for its equatorial forest habitat. Many ocelots live under the leafy canopies of South American rain forests, but they also inhabit brushlands and can be found as far north as Texas. These cats can adapt to human habitats and are sometimes found in the vicinity of villages or other settlements.

ProblemsOcelots' fine fur has made them the target of countless hunters, and in many areas they are quite rare, including Texas, where they are endangered. Ocelots are protected in the United States and most other countries where they live. When Ocelots leave their territory they cross highways and roads, so they are also killed by cars.

SolutionsThe U.S. made hunting Ocelots illegal because, they are almost extinct. There are only a few left in the U.S. and other countries. We have also built seperate routes for Ocelots to take, instead of the road, but the Ocelots are stubborn and still take the road anyway. Other animals use this route as an advantage.

By: Reshma B.

OcelotLeopardus Pardalis