How to Tell the Difference Between a Leopard and a Jaguar

    It has been mentioned before that a leopard, a jaguar and a mountain lion were different cats that had occasionally been called panthers, and the confusion this could cause. For a lot of people, though, it is very hard to tell the difference between a leopard (Panthera pardus) and a jaguar (Panthera onca), especially if they are seen in a photograph or see them at a zoo. Aside from the fact that both of these animals are big cats, they are actually quite different. It shouldn’t even be difficult to tell them apart, once they are compared to each other. Leopard range and diet Leopards live in the old world, primarily in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. In those areas, these cats hunt for prey in grassy areas and forests alike. Besides being skillful at hunting and even fishing, leopards seem perfectly happy to scavenge. These are stealth hunters, often dropping onto prey, such as gazelles, from a tree branch or hiding motionless in tall grass until the prey comes close enough that the animal can make a sudden dash and pounce, usually breaking the neck of its victim with a single bite. Baboons are also on the dinner menu, when they are available, and the felines additionally eat rodents and reptiles, too. Leopards are usually quite willing to eat what is left of a hyena or lion kill though, if there is indeed anything left. These cats are powerful enough that they will often drag meat Continue Reading →

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