Ocelot

Ocelot

Ocelot
Leopardus pardalis


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Carnivora
FAMILY
Felidae

Range

Mexico, Central and South America to northern Argentina, with remnant populations still in Texas


Habitat

From jungle areas and tropical rain forests to dry scrub and chaparral zones


Diet

Rodents, rabbits, young deer, birds, snakes and fish

Weight

24 - 35 lbs.

Body

26 – 40 in.

Tail

12 - 18 in

Gestation

70 days

Young

1 – 4 kittens

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Ocelots are ambush hunters and very active at night. They rest in trees or dense brush during the day.
  • The ocelot requires habitat that supports a plentiful prey population and provides cover from which to hunt prey.
  • Their eyes have a special layer on the inside that collects light, so ocelots can see much better in the dark than people can. Their vision is about six times better than humans.
  • Ocelots have webbed forepaws for swimming.
  • Ocelots mark their territory with urine and scent markings.

 

Conservation

Ocelots face threats from habitat loss and fragmentation, the fur trade and the pet trade.

In the U.S., ocelots once ranged throughout the southwest from Arizona to Louisiana, yet now less than 100 ocelots are estimated to remain in Texas.

USFWS Endangered
CITES Appendix I

Least Concern

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