The ocelot is a secretive, beautiful cat that roams the night in search of food and the occasional mate. Like many other cats, the ocelot is solitary and is only ever found with another cat during mating, or when the female is caring for her young. Read more about these amazing felines.
First the Stats…
Scientific name: Leopardus pardalis
Weight: 18 – 44 lbs
Length: Up to 3.3 feet
Lifespan: 10 – 13 years (in the wild) | 20 (in captivity)
Now on to the Facts!
2.) An ocelot’s tongue is very rough and is used to remove meat from the bones of their prey.
3.) They primarily eat monkeys, rodents, tortoises, rabbits, armadillos, birds, lizards, snakes, and even fish!
4.) Ocelots are nocturnal (awake during the night) and thus have excellent night vision, as well as exceptional hearing.
5.) The ocelot is not afraid of water and are, in fact, very good swimmers.
But wait, there’s more on the ocelot!
Did you know…?
Ocelots travel up to 7 miles a night, searching for food!
10.) Kittens are born blind and with dark fur. They become independent within a year.