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Ocelot | by dracobotanicus
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The Ocelot, Leopardus pardalis, is a wild cat distributed over South and Central America and Mexico, but has been reported as far north as Texas and in Trinidad, in the Caribbean. The Ocelot once inhabited the chaparral thickets of the Gulf Coast of south and eastern Texas, and was found in Arizona. In the United States, it now ranges only in several small areas of dense thicket in South Texas. The Ocelot's continued presence in the U.S. is questionable, due largely to the introduction of dogs, the loss of habitat, and the introduction of highways. Like many wild cats, it is occasionally kept as a pet and the surealist artist Salvador Dalí frequently traveled with his pet Ocelot.

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Taken on January 13, 2008