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What Eats a Jaguar?

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Jaguars are apex predators that live at the top of the food chain, so they are prey to no other animal. They are top-level carnivores that serve the purpose of keeping the population in balance and effectively preventing overgrazing in their habitats.

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Humans often do hunt jaguars, but it is only rarely that they are eaten. People have used jaguar meat as a subsistence food. The consumption of jaguar meat is particularly associated with Colombia.

Prey of the jaguar varies by its geographical location. The jaguar's diet may consist of deer, crocodiles, peccary, snakes, sloths, monkeys, eggs, turtles, tapir, fish and frogs. The jaguar is an opportunistic eater and eats other prey if it can catch it. Notably, the jaguar is an endangered species. Only around 15,000 jaguars are left in the wild.

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