Natural History

Jaguar

posted: 05/11/13
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JAGUARS, Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica | ARKive Animal Profile: Jaguar | Photo Caption: Excerpted from North America: A World in One Continent by Huw Cordey
Nick Lyon

Jaguars are among the most elusive and secretive of the big cats. Their usual diet consists of peccaries (wild pigs), tapirs, and monkeys. Their absolute favorite, however, is the adult olive ridley turtle. These turtles are an easy target for the cats, whose powerful jaws can crack the protective shell as if it were a nut, and is an ideal food source on Nancite.

The jaguars' hunting style is unique. They will stalk the beach before pouncing and dragging their prey into the cover of the trees. Once the kill is made, the jaguar will return to it over a period of days.

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