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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ocelot


Beauty Of Animal | Ocelot | Twice as big as the average house cat, the ocelot is a sleek animal with a beautiful spotted fur. These largely nocturnal cats use keen sight and hearing to hunt rabbits, rodents, iguanas, fish and frogs. The ocelot ranges from 68 to 100 centimeters (27 to 39 in) in length, plus 26 to 45 cm long (10 to 18 in) in the tail and usually weighs 8-18 kg (18-40 lb), although much larger individuals was recorded occasionally, and thus the largest of the dainty Leopardus wild cat species. It has slender, smooth fur, round ears and relatively large paws. The coat pattern of the ocelot may vary, since everything from cream to reddish-brown in color, sometimes gray, and marked with black 
Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:     Chordata
Class:         Mammalia
Order:         Carnivora
Family:     Felidae
Genus:         Leopardus
Species:     L. pardalis
 
The Ocelot is mostly nocturnal and very territorial. . Men occupy areas from 3.5 to 46 square kilometers (1.4 to 18 sq km), while females occupy smaller, non-overlapping areas from 0.8 to 15 square kilometers (0.31 to 5.8 km ²). Ocelots hunt over an area of 18 km2 (6.9 square miles), with mainly small mammals (various rodents), reptiles and amphibians (lizards, turtles and frogs), crabs, birds and fish. Almost all of the loot, the Ocelot hunts is much smaller than itself, with rodents, rabbits and possums are the largest part of the food is. studies suggest that it follows and finds prey via odor trails, but the Ocelot also has very good visibility, even at night
Ocelots typically breed only once every two years, although the female can mate again ready shortly after the loss of a litter. . The small litter size and relative rarity of the breed make ocelot particularly vulnerable to population loss. Compared with other small cats, ocelot kittens grow very slowly. . Ocelots live up to 20 years in captivity
 
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