Ocelots
BEHAVIOR

Ocelots are nocturnal, meaning they are most active during the night and sleep during the day. Ocelots are also solitary cats, meaning they live alone most of their lives. They spend most of their time in trees. Ocelots are capable of purring, but the sound they make most often is a low growl. Ocelots are opportunistic hunters and will eat anything they can catch.

COLOR PATTERN
  • Brown fur with a chain of rosettes or spots on their bodies
  • Dark markings around their eyes
  • White spots on the backs of their ears (this helps them communicate with their kittens)

WHERE WE LIVE

Ocelots primarily live in Central and South America. They used to live in the southwestern part of the United States but were hunted to near extinction in that area for their pelt (skin and fur). They are now a protected species and a small population is growing in Texas.

WEIGHT
Ocelot
25-35 pounds
 
House Cat
12 pounds
LENGTH
Ocelot
20-39 inches long
 
A Man’s Stride
36 inches long
Bonus
Ocelot
An ocelot can take down prey 3 times larger than itself
 
Deer
90 pounds
WHAT WE EAT

OBLIGATE CARNIVORE

  • Deer
  • Birds
  • Snakes
  • Rodents
  • Rabbits

Ocelots are opportunistic hunters; they will eat anything they can catch

 

THREATS

  • Habitat Loss
    Ocelots are losing a lot of their habitat to farming and urbanization.
  • Parts Trade
    Ocelots were once hunted for their pelt (skin and fur). It takes between 30 and 35 ocelots to make a single coat. They are now a protected species.

Did you know…

There are about
50
Ocelots found
in the
United States!
Did you know…

Typically there are only
2
ocelot kittens in a litter!
Did you know…

There is
only 
1
subspecies
of ocelot!