Jaguarundi

Secretive and solitary, inhabiting various habitats of Central and South America

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The jaguarundi is one of the strangest-looking small cats, being rather weasel-like in their look: they have a long and slender body, with a flattened small head, short, rounded ears, short limbs, and a long tail. They have two main color morphs: grey and red. The former could be uniformly black, brownish, or grey, sometimes a little lighter on the belly, while the latter can vary from a chestnut red to a tawny yellow.

They are mainly terrestrial but also a good climber and swimmer. These creatures can cross narrow, weak currents in rivers and lakes. Furthermore, they can jump as high as 2m (6.5 ft) to catch a flying bird.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Argentina
2014
Belize
2014
Bolivia
2014
Brazil
2014
Colombia
2014
Costa Rica
2014
Ecuador
2014
El Salvador
2014
French Guiana
2014
Guatemala
2014
Guyana
2014
Honduras
2014
Mexico
2014
Nicaragua
2014
Panama
2014
Paraguay
2014
Peru
2014
Suriname
2014
United States
2014
Possibly Extinct: Texas
Uruguay
2014
Presence Uncertain
Venezuela
2014

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No