The ocelot

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THE OCELOT
The cientifical name of the ocelot is leopardus pardalis. They are also located north into Mexico and even parts of southern United States. Ocelots live in various habitats in theseareas, but primarily in rainforests of South and Central America and brush and grasslands in Mexico.
DIET
Ocelots prey on small rodents, rabbits, lizards, snakes and birds. They may also onoccasion take larger animals, but are generally too small to attack humans.
SIZE AND DESCRIPTION
Ocelots are 2 - 3 feet in length, and have tails that are between 1 - 1.5 feet long. At firstglance, one of the more noticeable aspects of ocelots is their spots and stripes. At a closer look, ocelots have leopard or jaguar-like spots along their backs that may link to form stripedpatterns. The backs and heads of ocelots are a yellowish-orange color, and their bellies are white with some black spots. These colors and patterns likely act as camouflage for ocelots in much oftheir habitat range. Ocelots have large ears and eyes, and spots and or stripes that extend from their eyes to their bodies.

BEHAVIORS
Ocelots are primarily nocturnal which means they areactive and hunt at night. They will use their excellent vision and hearing to locate prey in the darkness. There are also times when they will be active during the day. Like some other types ofwild cats including jaguars, leopards and tigers, ocelots are solitary for most of the time. Male and female ocelots will meet during mating periods.
Reproduction
Female ocelots have pregnancy orgestation periods of 2 - 2.5 months. They will give birth to litters of 2 - 4 kittens.

Other Facts
Ocelots are endangered due to habitat loss and illegal poaching. Their fur is highlyprized and traded illegally in some parts of their habitat.

Ocelots should be considered dangerous if encountered in the wild. They should not be approached as their behavior may be unpredictable.
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