Saturday, April 11, 2015

A TO Z CHALLENGE - "J" - JAGUAR

I found another cat to talk about. Imagine that. For the letter "J" we'll look at the jaguar.

The jaguar is the largest feline on the American continent, with jaguars also being the third biggest cat in the world behind the African lion and the Asian tiger. Jaguars have the strongest bite force of all the cats and like other pantherines they can roar.

The jaguar is the New World's only large cat species. It looks like a leopard, but it has whorled spots with dark centers.

Most jaguars are tan or orange with distinctive black spots, called "rosettes" because they are shaped like roses. Some jaguars are so dark they appear to be spotless, though their markings can be seen on closer inspection.

(I can't see spots in the photo.)
 
Jaguars know how to relax.
 
Average lifespan in the wild: 12 to 15 years
Size: Head and body, 5 to 6 ft; Tail, 27.5 to 36 in
Weight: 100 to 250 lbs
Protection status: Endangered

I don't think I'd want one of these for a pet. How about you?
 
 

21 comments:

  1. Lovely to read, lovely to look at. Great post Beverly.

    Enjoy your week-end.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne. Have a great weekend too.

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  2. I didn't realize they were that big.
    Only New World big cat? The Mountain Lion doesn't count? Or is the New World South America only?

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    1. Hi Alex. Good question. Wikipedia says: "The Americas, also known as the New World, are the combined continental landmasses of North America and South America."
      Defenders of Wild Life site says: The mountain lion, aka cougar, puma, panther and catamount is the largest wildcat in North America, almost as large as the jaguar. The jaguar is the largest of South American cat. So maybe that should say "one of the largest cats..." :)
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Such beautiful markings, would love to make an embroidery based on those patterns.

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    1. An embroidery would be lovely, Carole. Like a quilt or blanket?

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  4. I always thought jaguars were beautiful. I love their spots. But I didn't know that jaguars were the largest. Go Jaguars! ;)

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    1. I didn't know that either, Chrys. I'm learning so much about animals in my research.

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  5. Yeah, can't say I'd want a 250lb cat as a pet. Good way to get eaten though haha they are quite the cat though

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    1. That's a big , Pat. :) I'll keep my little ones. Don't want to make a meal for the pet.

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  6. I have always thought they were beautiful and powerful looking- but no way would I want one for a pet. I can do with just seeing pictures or videos of them. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. They are lovely, Jess. Pictures and videos are good. :)

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  7. When I saw "jaguar," I immediately thought of the car!

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    1. Haha. Jaguar cars are nice, Stephanie. We owned one many years ago. White, really pretty. They aren't good family cars though, at least ours wasn't. The backseat was fine for our boys at ages 3 and 5, but if they were bigger they'd be very uncomfortable. Too small.

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  8. I never knew that about the spots on jaguars. Thanks for the informative post! Hope you are well!

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    1. I learned something new too, Donna. I'm fine, trying to catch up. Impossible. :) How about you? Busy, I suppose.

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    1. It really is lovely, Christine. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. Interesting. Are you working with an animal theme? I saw a turtle too ;)

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    1. Hi Beth. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, animal lover that I am I had to choose animals for my theme. :) More animals this coming week.

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  11. I missed commenting on your Jaguar post. My bad. Believe it or not, I almost did jaguars but decided since I was doing other posts with cats to go with jackals instead. Mind you, had I been able to find a good creative commons image of the Jaguar car, I might have been tempted to go with what was my original choice.

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