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ocelot

(äs`əlŏt', ō`sə–), medium-sized cat, Leopardus pardalis, of Central and South America. It is occasionally found as far N as Texas. The ocelot has a yellow-brown coat with black spots, rings, and stripes. It is about 30 in. (76 cm) long, not including the 14-in. (35-cm) tail, stands about 16 in. (41 cm) high at the shoulder, and weighs up to 35 lb (18 kg). Ocelots live in forests, where they hunt, mainly on the ground, both by day and by night. They prey on birds, snakes, and small mammals. Litter size varies from 2 to 4. Ocelots are hunted for their pelts, which are used for coats and trim. They are able to be tamed and are sometimes kept as pets. They are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Carnivora, family Felidae.

Ocelot

 

(Felis, or Leopardus, pardalis), a predatory mammal with a body length reaching 1 m, a tail length of about 30 cm, and a shoulder height reaching 50 cm. The head is elongated and has rounded ears. There are two black stripes on the forehead and on each cheek. The yellow or gray fur is marked with long black stripes, broken rings over the body, and other rings on the legs. The chest and abdomen are buff-colored.

The ocelot is distributed from the southern United States to Patagonia. It inhabits forests and thickets. The ocelet hunts at dusk and during the night; its prey includes monkeys, rodents, birds, reptiles, and poultry. The animal climbs trees well. Mating occurs in June or October; the kittens, usually twins, are born about four months after mating. The ocelot population has declined substantially, because the animals are hunted for their fur.

ocelot

[′äs·ə‚lät]
(vertebrate zoology)
Felis pardalis. A small arboreal wild cat, of the family Felidae, characterized by a golden head and back, silvery flanks, and rows of somewhat metallic spots on the body.

ocelot

a feline mammal, Felis pardalis, inhabiting the forests of Central and South America and having a dark-spotted buff-brown coat
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"The ocelots will be a very welcome addition to the varied range of animals in their care."
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American Forests' work in the region has focused on the restoration of Texas thornscrub, which is directly tied to the recovery of the ocelot. Recent droughts, on top of urban and agricultural development, have eliminated much of the ecosystem required to support a successful ocelot population in the U.S., which used to stretch as far north as Louisiana and Alabama, but can now only be found in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Some private ranchers began placing culverts under roads bordering LANWR in 1998 to provide ocelots safe crossing and the ability to move across the landscape.
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