Ocelots are wild cats that inhabit regions in South and Central America, as well as Mexico and parts of the southern U.S. When mature, ocelots can reach up to 3 feet in length and weigh 25-25lbs. Ocelots are primarily nocturnal, and are highly solitary–with pairs only meeting up to mate. The ocelot was listed as “vulnerable” on the endagered species list from 1972-1996, but is now rated of “least concern”.
Ocelots are typically twice the size of the average house cat. They are mainly nocturnal and feed on rabbits, rodents, fish, frogs, and iguanas. They have also been known to hunt some monkeys and birds since they are great climbers. They can be found primarily in rain forest canopies across South America but will also occupy grasslands like those in Texas. As mentioned by LunaFish, they are listed as an endangered species list. Because of their fine fur, Ocelots are often hunted by humans. [img_assist|nid=146342|title=ocelot|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=480]
Wow what an amazingly beautiful cat. I really hope we can keep these cats around for everyone to enjoy for a long time.
Other names of the ocelot include the Painted Leopard, McKenney’s Wildcat and Tigrillo. The Ocelot measures up to 1 meter in length and weighs 25-35 pounds. They have a tawny to reddish brown coat marked with black spots and rosettes. The Ocelot is mostly nocturnal and is very territorial. They will sometimes fight to the death over territorial disputes. Their diet varies from mostly small mammals, reptiles, crabs, birds, and fish. Hundreds of thousands of ocelots have ben killed because of the high value of their fur.
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