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Difference Between Jaguar and Leopard

jaguar-leopardJaguar vs Leopard

The big cats are absolutely fascinating. Man’s desire to watch (and learn) from these incredible predators is evidenced, if nothing else, by the proliferation of big cat shows on television. Lions are easy to recognize by their majestic manes. You can always tell a tigers by its stripes. But what about the next two big cats: jaguars and leopards? How can you tell the difference between the two?

Geographical Distribution
Jaguar ‘“ if you are in South America, Central America, Mexico, or very select parts of the southern United States, chances are you are seeing a jaguar. It is exclusively a New World cat.
Leopard ‘“ lives in the Old World. Populations are found from China and India to the Middle East and down into Africa.

Physical Appearance
Jaguar ‘“ the third largest of the four big cats. It has a sturdy build and usually weights between 125 and 200 pounds. It can reach up to six feet long and stand at about 2 and half feet at the shoulder. Its coat has a tawny brown base and is covered with black rosette spots.
Leopard ‘“ is the smallest of the four big cats. It is stocky and has short legs. The largest of the leopards can reach up to 200 pounds, but a weight of 150 pounds for males is much more common. Leopards are about five feet long and stand just over two feet high. Leopards are also distinguished by their rosette covered coat but their rosettes are smaller and more tightly spaced.

Hunting and Feeding Behaviors
Jaguar ‘“ will either crush and suffocate and victim or bite straight through his skull. It prefers to stalk and eventually ambush its prey rather than chase it. Then it pounces from a prey’s blind spot. After the kill, jaguars prefer to drag their meal to a secluded spot to eat. They are carnivores but will eat almost any kind of meat.
Leopard ‘“ kill their prey by a suffocating bite. They too would rather stalk than chase their prey. Leopards will often drag their meal up a tree to eat in seclusion. They will eat anything from beetles to antelope, depending on their habitat.

Both leopards and jaguars have been extensively hunted by humans both for their furs and as livestock pests. Because of this, their populations have greatly decreased and both species are listed as threatened.

Summary:
1.Leopards and jaguars are both big cats that are similar in appearance.
2.Leopards live in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East while jaguars live in South and Central America.
3.Jaguars are larger and stockier than leopards.
4.Jaguars can kill their prey by cracking their skulls while leopards kill with a suffocating bite.


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14 Comments

  1. Good info. This is exactly what I was looking for.

  2. it a nice car and its really what was i searching

  3. I think your confused or making this stuff up. I think its only the geographical difference that makes up the name but they I think are both the same animal. They look alike and use stealth most of the time and the only reason it climbs a tree in africa is because it doesn’t want to get injured by other bigger predators whereas in the rainforest their isn’t another predator to harm the jaguar/leopard/panther.

    • Jaguar = panthera onca
      Leopard = pantera pardis
      Different animals with very different body structure. Look past the “spots” at a silhouette of the two cats and their differences are more obvious.

    • lol..you should do research before saying someones making stuff up.
      there are BIG differences between the two cats.
      i just hate when people babble instead of doing a ton of research first.
      the only thing this article missed is that most of the time jags crush the spinal of their prey so their jaws are stronger than ANY cat species.

    • That’s like saying lions and tigers are the same. The fur pattern for jaguars & leopards is even different! These aren’t domestic pussycats wandering around impregnating other domestic pussycats with slightly different body shapes or being bred for different characteristics. There is a MASSIVE ocean and millions of years separating the two. You DO know that there are African elephants and Indian elephants, right? And they are VERY different. One shouldn’t be so pompous in pointing out another’s ignorance when one isn’t 100% sure one is correct. And you are 0%.

  4. I did a project and did a jaguar instead of a leopard

  5. They are obviously closely related. I don’t find leopards particularly “fierce” (albeit, I’m not a hare, so I can’t really say that’s true) but jaguars are vicious and scary. Leopards can be sweet and trained. It reminds me of the difference between crocs and alligators. They’re related, but one is far more ferocious than the other.

  6. Asia, Africa, AND middle east ? “Middle East” or should we correctly say, “West Asia” (the region), IS in Asia (the continent), since it is in fact in WESTern Asia (No kidding !). It’s not rocket science, really it isn’t. Here’s hoping you learned something today.

    • I think he/she is referring to a geographic region and peoples, as opposed to plate tectonics. No matter how you slice it, the Middle East (the name itself tells you how wrong you are) has FAR more in common with Northern Africa than it EVER will with China. Or India, for that matter. After all, we are talking about beings, not what is under the surface of the earth that someone decided should be a certain way. And as far as your condescending pedantic attitude … well you know where that should go. Regionally.

      • “the Middle East (the name itself tells you how wrong you are)”.

        Eh ? confused much ? what sense is that making ?

        No one claimed Western Asia is in fact in southern china. That’s the reason it’s called Western Asia, and the reason I called it Western Asia. You know, WESTERN Asia, as opposed to EASTERN ? I repeat; you are confused (more like trolling, but I’m being polite). Asia was in fact the name of Western Asia initially in ancient times. People like you think you can take the word Asia from Western Asia and it’s inhabitants ? knock yourself out, and it will be many knockouts, to no avail.

        • And HELLO you are still WRONG. You’re a little, narcissistic, pedantic jerk, who, by the way, needs a lesson in punctuation. It’s called the MIDDLE EAST. You are so interested in what you have to say, that you don’t even pay attention to anything anyone else says. Just know you are talking complete GARBAGE, it sounds intellectual, but you are saying absolutely NOTHING. Why the moderator of this hasn’t forbidden your comments is a wonder to me.

          • Nope! you are the jerk, liar, and obsessed nay-sayer. Instead of your lies and rubbish nonsense why don’t you say in what way I’m wrong ? End of garbage “arguments” ? Obviously. So many words in your last post and none smelled anything close to logic or sanity. If you have trouble with libraries (whether virtual/online, or physical) please, tell. It’s YOU who shouldn’t be allowed to post in here when you clearly have a deceptive agenda. It’s West(ern) Asia Get a life and history lessons, dearest liar !

  7. I’ll be surprise if those to ever mate

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