Jaguar Facts | Costa Rica Wildlife Guide
The majority of Central American jaguars are a rich, golden color with black rosettes that spot their coats. There are a few entirely black jaguars, also called black panthers, that possess a surplus of melanin. The melanin causes the dark pigment.
The majestic jaguar is the largest and most powerful of South and Central American cats. An adult male jaguar is more than 7 feet long, stands 2 feet at the shoulders, and weighs up to 200 pounds. The animal’s head and shoulders are colossal, while its legs are relatively stout. These creatures are adept hunters, swimmers
Though you may come across the footprints of a jaguar while trekking through a mangrove or forest, it is unlikely you will see the solitary cat. Jaguars are extremely elusive and very rarely attack humans.
Jaguars are nocturnal, spending most daylight hours snoozing in the sun. Male jaguars mark an area of about 65 square miles and spend nights stalking deer, peccaries, agoutis, tapirs, monkeys
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