Jaguars have jaws and a large head especially
equipped for piecing the skull of their prey with their canines. They are
the only big cats which practice this habit. Unlike other large cats, who
attack at the neck, jaguars often kill their prey with a single bite to the
back of the head. They are called "occipital crunchers."
They are primarily nocturnal with activity levels high at dawn and dusk.
Jaguars are exceptional swimmers to accommodate their living style. Because
they may live in rain forests and flooded swamp areas this adaptation comes
in handy when trying to cool off or catch food.
They also have unique spotting called rosettes
which have one or more spots in the center. This is a great camouflage for
(Field Guide to the Mammals of
Central America and Southeast Mexico)