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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Pantherinae
Genus: Panthera
Species: Species differs to region


The Jaguar is the third largest member of the cat family. They are found in the south and Central America. They live mostly in rain forests, savanna, swamp and open areas. Jaguars have yellow or yellow-orange fur with brown and black rosettes and spots. Because of its spots, Jaguar looks like Leopards, though it is usually larger and stronger and its behavior is more like that of a Tiger.

Jaguar enjoys swimming and likes to stay near water. It usually hunts alone with its powerful and strong jaws, it can bite through even armored reptiles like crocodiles and turtles. They hunt and eat almost anything they get, big and small mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and livestock. Jaguar population declined in United States, Central and South America because of conflict with humans, more human population growth and trophy hunting.

Jaguars are killed due to conflict with livestock and over hunted for trophies and as a ancillary for tiger bones in Asia.

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