Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)
The Ocelot has short tawny or reddish brown fur with black spots and rosette shaped marks. The belly is white. The face has two black stripes down each side. There is a white spot behind each ear and white marks round the eyes and mouth. The tail is banded with black bands.
Head and body length 55cm - 100cm. Tail length 30cm - 45cm. Weight: males 10 - 11.5 kg; females 8.8 - 9.4 kg.
Forest, scrub, rainforest, mountain habitat with dense cover.
small mammals such as rabbits, rodents. Also frogs, fish, reptiles.
One or two young are born after gestation of 79 - 85 days.
Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, USA (Texas, Arizona), Uruguay, Venezuela.
Photograph by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service . License: Public Domain.
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), Bojnice ZOO, Slovakia
Photograph by Lady Rowena. Some rights reserved.
ocelot at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington
Photograph by Danleo. Some rights reserved.