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Southern Brazilian Ocelot

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Southern Brazilian Ocelot


Leopardus pardalis mitis


An excellent hunter, the ocelot primarily hunts small rodents and also will take small deer, armadillos, reptiles, and other small animals. Though it can climb trees and even swim well, the ocelot spends most of its time hunting on the ground, as long as the habitat provides thick plant cover and abundant prey. Decorated with dark splotches and stripes, its golden coat camouflages with the foliage and hides the hunter from its prey. Like most other small cats, the ocelot is a nocturnal hunter. With whiskers, large ears, and eyesight six times better than a human’s, the ocelot has no trouble tracking down prey as it patrols the forest floor at night.


•Once widely hunted for their beautiful fur, ocelots now face a greater threat—habitat loss.

•About 100 Texas ocelots (Leopardus pardalis albescens), a related subspecies, live in the United States.


Fact File

Pronunciation: AHS-uh-lot

Length: 2.4 to 2.8 ft

Weight: 20 to 34 lbs

Lifespan: Up to 20 yrs in captivity

Habitat: Tropical and subtropical forest

Diet: Small mammals such as rodents, possums and armadillos, some reptiles and birds


Status: Species at Risk (U.S. Endangered Species List—Endangered)




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Taken on September 13, 2009