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The jaguars robust power has given it the reputation of being immense In reality jaguars are smaller than legend or looks would have people believe Of the Family Panthera onca and a relative to tigers lions and panthers the Jaguar is 6 to 7 feet long though the Jaguars from the Amazon region can be up 9 ft long and can weigh up to 300 lbs 18-30 inches of which are tail length The male Jaguars can stand up to 30 in tall at the shoulder and weigh from 120 to 250 lbs while the female is shorter weighing from 80 to 200 lbs both living up to 22 years Upon first glance a person could mistake a Jaguar for its Asian cousin the Leopard because both cats have a sub-species with a similar brownish-yellow fur color that is marked with dark paw-like markings But the jaguar has smaller dots within the larger paw-like markings They also have a more husky or muscular body and a shorter tail However the melanistic melanism is a condition that makes the coat appear black form of the cats are more difficult to separate But in the right light the markings can sometimes be seen Another visual difference is the jaguars larger head with a larger looking jaw and an overall more square appearance to the face and short sturdy legs But in the wild it isnt hard to tell the difference between the cats because they live on different continents The Jaguar commonly known as the Spotted King Cat is the biggest cat found in the Americas and the only member of the panthera family present within this area The Jaguars habitat once ranged from the southern part of the United States to the tip of South America but now focuses on the north and central parts of South America Little is known about the family life of the Jaguar but scientists do know that
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