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5 Tips on How to tell the difference between a Jaguar and a leopard.

Updated: Mar 17, 2023

Do you ever wonder What the difference is between a Jaguar and a Leopard? They look so similar at first glance.

Jaguar - 2022

There are a few features that will help you out #funfactsfriday #funfacts

1. The jaguar is more stocky and muscular than the leopard.

2. The fur pattern is slightly different. The Jaguars Rosettes have spots inside the rosette pattern. (can't really see that in this picture.) Did you know that they both can have black fur, although we are used to seeing them with golden coats?

3. The body size of the Jaguar is larger than the leopard. The leopard is considered the smallest of the 4 big cats. (Lion, Tiger, Jaguar, and leopard)

Leopard - Caged Beauty - 2021

4. Behaviorally, the jaguar is braver and likes to swim. The Leopard is shyer and will avoid water.

5. In the wild, they live on different continents. Jaguars live in South America, while the Leopard is from Africa and Asia.

And another fact: Big cats are my favorite Cats! But I don't snuggle with them.

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