This answers all Google search “Can jaguars” questions:
Can jaguars swim? – Yes (they swim very nicely indeed – “These cats are excellent swimmers…..”). See photo below. Jaguars hunt the caiman (a sort of alligator – “an alligatorid crocodilian”) and water turtles, even large ones. This cat kills them with an almighty bite – the strongest bite of all the cats. The jaguar’s canine teeth get a hammering and are often worn down and chipped. This cat also feeds on fish. The way the jaguar fishes has be well discussed. The Indians who share the jaguar’s habitat say the cat taps the water with its tail. This tricks fruit eating fish to come to the surface where the cat scoops them out. There is even a story of jaguar catching a freshwater dolphin resting in shallow waters.
“Jaguars have even been seen to jump into the water after capybaras and seize them before they can dive to safety”
Can jaguars climb? – Yes just like all other cats, beautifully (see below).
Can jaguars see in the dark? – Yes, just like all other cats including the domestic cat. Jaguar hunting can take place during the day or night depending on available prey and prey activity but frequently occurs during the daytime.
Can jaguars be black? – Yes, they’re called black panthers. They are melanistic. This is a genetic abnormality.
“Melanism appears to be more common amongst jaguars than any other large cats.”
Can jaguars be pets? – No, I could not think of a more inappropriate pet. Totally impossible. Too large, too dangerous, too wild, too expensive, too everything….
Can jaguars climb trees? – As above. Yes. Although jaguars are mainly ground dwelling and hunting creatures. Some cats prefer trees. The jaguar is not one of those cats probably because its size precludes it. All cats climb well though.
“It moves and hunts on the ground but can also climb if the need arises.”
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