interesting ocelot facts

November 12, 2009 | In: Animal facts for kids

Its name came from the Mexican Aztec word tlalocelot, which means field tiger.

Ocelots do not have teeth appropriate for chewing, so they tear their food to pieces and swallow it whole. (source)

The ocelot lives in Mexico and South and Central America.

An ocelot weighs 20 to 35 pounds, is 38 to 60 inches long and stands 16 to 20 inches tall.

This beautiful cat is nocturnal animal and spends its days sleeping in the tree tops.

Salvador DalĂ­ frequently traveled with his pet Ocelot, even bringing it aboard the luxury ocean liner, SS France.
The Moche people of ancient Peru worshiped animals and often depicted the Ocelot in their art.

he feline was classified a “vulnerable” endangered species from 1972 until 1996, but is now rated “least concern” by the 2008 IUCN Red List.

They tend to be solitary except when mating or in the case of a female with cubs.

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