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Conservation status
Near threatened
Scientific classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Felidae
Genus Panthera
Species P. onca
Binomial name
Panthera onca
The Jaguar( Panthera onca) is a species of big cat of the Panthera genus. It is the largest cat in the Americas. It lives in N. South America, down to Peru and Argentina. Central America is also within its range. There is a small population in S. Arizonia. It grows to 7 1/2 in. including tail.It is 28-30 in. at the shoulder. It weighs 132-264 lbs. It resembles the Leopard but with larger rosettes. It lives in rainforest, flooded forest, and swamps. It reaches sexual maturity at 2-4 yrs. It usually has 2 young. It has a birth interval of 2 yrs. It has a gestation period of 93-107 days. It eats deer, caiman, turtles, primales, rodents, capybara, and farm livestock(rarily). It is consitered as vulnerable. Mainly due to habitat loss and illegal poaching.[1]
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