Ocelot

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderCarnivora
SuborderFeliformia
FamilyFelidae
SubfamilyFelinae
GenusLeopardus
Binomial nameLeopardus pardalis

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

The ocelot is a small wild cat which can be found in the southwestern regions of the United States, Mexico and most of Central and South America. These cats have short fur which gets longer on the belly.

The Ocelot has a total body length of approximately 50 to 100 cm and a long tail that can measure about 25.5 to 41 centimeters in length. They tend to weigh between 7 and 15 kilograms, with males being slightly larger than females.

Ocelots are characterized by yellowish fur markings along with black markings around the whole body. They usually inhabit tropical forests, savannas, and mangrove swamps and prefer areas of dense vegetation.

These cats are crepuscular and solitary and mark their territory by spraying urine. They mostly feed on small mammals like opossums an