Jaguarundi Picture

by Michael
(London, UK)

People ask to see a Jaguarundi picture. Although there are decent pictures of this interesting looking species of small wildcat on the main page (Jaguarundi) this page has some supplemental pictures.

One of the best pictures comes from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. They have some special photographs of the wildcats generally, in fact.

jaguarundi in the wild
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Jaguarundi in the wild

The Smithsonian say that although this individual cat has a near black cat, the color varies significantly. This picture was taken by a camera trap (camera operated by the cat moving in front of the camera and setting it off) in the Amazon rain forest.

The next jaguarundi picture is nice to. It was taken by jeanneconstantine (Flickr username) in Belize Zoo. Belize is in Central America. This cat was about to be fed and apparently making, “keck keck hiss sounds”, according to the photographer.

Jaguarundi picture
Jaguarundi at Belize Zoo

Finally, in this short post on the Jaguarundi picture, I would like to present a head and shoulders close up. This shows the non-typical face/head shape of this cat and the massively ticked coat. Ticking is caused by the presence of the agouti gene.

Jaguarundi picture - Belize
Jaguarundi close up showing ticked coat- photo by Márcio Motta

People in some parts of America that are positively hundreds and more miles outside the accepted range of this cat think they have sighted it. There are fairly frequent sightings. Are these escaped pet Jaguarundis that have survived in the wild in suitable habitats such as Florida?

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Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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13 Responses

  1. Rich Conti says:

    My wife and I went out for out nightly bike ride on the Cedar Knoll golf course. We entered on the 1st hole. When we reached the the 8th hole we spotted a cat that looked rather large to be a house cat. We see house cats on the course all the time. We stopped and started walking up on it. it got scared and ran into the tall reeds. Way bigger that a house cat but too small to be a jaguar. It had a long thick tail and was a reddish color. When we got home and looked it up we found there was only one thing it matched. Jaguarundi. I’m not even telling my friends. They might think I’m nuts.

    • Rich Conti says:

      Sorry. i forgot to mention we’re in Palm Coast Fl.

    • Michael Broad says:

      It is quite possible that you did see a jaguarundi. The reports of sightings I read about are usually in Florida. This wild cat species is not meant to be present in America. It is possible that these are escaped cats from private collections. Would you mind telling me what state you are in?

      P.S. I have just read your follow up comment saying you live in Florida. Well, that makes sense and makes it more likely that you have sighted a jaguarundi. Good sighting. Well done.

  2. Barb says:

    Saw 2 Jaguarundi on 7.20.2015. Our backyard backs up to a preserve. One was light tan, the other gray. Both had long tails with rings. They were fighting and the tan made a loud mournful sound. The face is different than a domestcated house cat and the legs are short, body long, slender. Tan cat jumped high off ground and landed on grays back. I slammed the door twice…they stopped and separated…the tan saundered back to the preserve. Palm Coast Florida

  3. Linda Radloff says:

    Two nights ago my son and his dog were outside. The dog took off after a long, black cat. His dog runs like a greyhound (stretched out) and this critter was stretched out the same way and just as long. He said it had short legs, stocky and was black. It escaped in the trees and has left the dog searching high and low. A friend told me about the Jaguarandi. She works for a Florida animal attraction. Would like to know if they are dangerous to us???
    And/or could it be a black panther??? Homosassa, Fl.

    • Michael Broad says:

      HI Linda. Thanks for visiting. If this is the jaguarundi, it is not dangerous. It is similar in size to a domestic cat and will simply avoid people. A black panther is a very large wild cat. Bigger than a large dog so you’d know about. Also they are extremely rare (melanistic cougar). The cat was most likely a domestic cat. That may sound odd but it is the most likely possibility.

  4. Laurie Snyder says:

    My daughter and son in law believe they saw a jaguarundi early in the morning outside their cabin in Williams Arizona

    • Hi Laurie. It is seems quite possible because this wild cat species is quite often seen or thought to have been seen in the southern states. Florida being the state where there are more sightings. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Barbara Wolfe says:

    My nieghbor is very sure he saw a jaguarandi in the fire lane. We live off of the Savanna’s F.T. Pierce, Florida 34982 He and his wife saw a wild cat on 3/10/14 6:oopm still light out. He reported it to local authorities and they said by the discription he gave that it was a Jaguarandi. What is your responce to that?

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