interesting jaguar facts

November 10, 2009 | In: Animal facts for kids

Jaguars are the largest of South America’s big cats.

The jaguar’s name means “a beast that kills its prey with a single bound.”

Jaguars are excellent swimmers.

Jaguars are 5 to 6 feet in length and weigh between 100 to 250 pounds.

The average lifespan of a jaguar is 12 to 15 years in the wild and between 20 to 25 years in captivity.

The tail can reach up to 30 inches.

Compared to a leopard, the jaguar is stocky and more powerfully built.

Jaguars can bite through the shell of turtles.

Jaguars are a “near-threatened” species, which means simply that their numbers are reducing

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