Jaguar

Jaguar

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 Jaguar (Panthera onca) – Southern United States, Central and Northern South America. The Jaguar is the only “BIG CAT” in North or South America. The beige to reddish coat has rosettes, roundish markings with a small black dot in the middle with a white belly. These rosettes are different in each jaguar like our fingerprints are individual to each person. The strong legs are short and muscular.
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 This Black Jaguar has a melanism which is an excessive amount of dark pigment in their fur. The spots are still visible in the fur.  There are no “panthers”.  Instead, the black cat can either be a Jaguar, a Leopard or a Mountain Lion (cougars or pumas). The word “panther” probably came from the Latin name “panthera onca”.
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