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Jaguar Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Rebecca Gillaspy

Dr. Gillaspy has taught health science at University of Phoenix and Ashford University and has a degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Jaguars are beautiful cats with a ferocious bite. In this lesson, you'll learn what jaguars look like, where they live, and what they eat. You'll also learn some neat facts about these big wild cats.

What is a Jaguar?

Kittens are adorable baby animals, but not all kittens grow up to be house pets. Some kittens grow up to be fierce predators with big powerful jaws, like jaguars. Jaguars got their name from Native Americans who named them yaguar, which means 'he who kills with one leap'.

A Jaguar
jaguar

This lesson will teach you about jaguars, so you can understand what they look like, what they eat, and where they live.

What Do They Look Like?

Most jaguars have yellow or orange colored fur marked by big black spots, but some have black fur with black spots. The spots are called rosettes because they look kind of like roses.

A black jaguar with black spots
black jaguar

Jaguars are some of the biggest cats in the world. They can grow up to 6 feet long and weigh about 250 pounds.

Where Do They Live?

The only time jaguars are social is during mating season; otherwise, jaguars like to live alone. They like their alone time so much that they mark trees with their claws and pee around the edges of their territory to warn other animals not to trespass in their space.

At one time, jaguars roamed America, but there are very few found in the United States today. Most surviving jaguars live in South America around the Amazon River. They like to live in wooded areas and live near water because unlike other cats, jaguars like to swim!

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