Monday, 19 May 2014
FEATURELINK: Jaguar: the largest of the big cats in the Americas and a God of the Underworld for the Maya
The jaguar, a muscular and compact species, weighs anywhere between 79 and 350 pounds (36 and 160 kilograms); with a length between 3.9 and 6.4 feet (1.2 and 1.95 meters), it is the undisputed largest of the big cats in the Americas.
This makes the jaguar the third largest cat in the world (behind the lion and the tiger), and the largest cat in the western hemisphere.
Believed to have originally evolved in Asia before crossing over into North America via the Bering land-bridge, the stealthy cat of the Americas has a current range that includes Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica (particularly on the Osa Peninsula), Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, the Southern United States and Venezuela.
However, its population in the United States has greatly decreased in recent years as a result of hunting