pardalis) The name ocelot is from
the Mexican word tlatocelotl, meaning
The ocelot is a medium-sized
member of the "big cats family," being
up to 4 feet long, with a 15-inch tail, and
weighing up to 35 pounds.
The short-haired coat varies
considerably in color. It may be from pale gray
to grayish yellow or deep warm brown, blotched
with large brown black-bordered spots and there
are black streaks round the head and neck.
The ocelot is found from
Paraguay northwards through South America and
Central America into the coastal regions of
Mexico. It lives in a range of habitats,
including rain forest, montane forest, thick
bush, semi-deserts, coastal marsh, and along
river banks, but is never found in open country.
Although it can climb well the
ocelot normally hunts on the forest floor. In
confines its hunting to a more or less fixed
territory which it defends against its own kind.
An ocelot will prey on almost any animal it can
overpower -- rats, mice and other rodents,
monkeys, small deer, birds, reptiles, etc. Prey
is hunted by stalking, and is killed with a
single bite to the neck.
Mating can occur during any
time of the year. One or two cubs are born in a
den after a gestation period of 79 to 85 days.
The male helps raise the cubs by bringing the
mother food. Cubs are weaned at seven weeks, and
disperse from their birth territories at about 2
Other Habits and
Ocelots are nocturnal and
genus & species Leopardus pardalis
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