Twice the size of the average house cat, the ocelot is a sleek animal with a gorgeous dappled coat.
These largely nocturnal cats use keen sight and hearing to hunt rabbits, rodents, iguanas, fish, and frogs. They also take to the trees and stalk monkeys or birds. Unlike many cats, they do not avoid water and can swim well.
Like other cats, ocelots are adapted for eating meat. They have pointed fangs used to deliver a killing bite, and sharp back teeth that can tear food like scissors. Ocelots do not have teeth appropriate for chewing, so they tear their food to pieces and swallow it whole. Their raspy tongues can clean a bone of every last tasty morsel.
Common Name: Ocelot
Scientific Name: Leopardus pardalis
Size: 28 to 35 in
Weight: 24 to 35 lbs
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