The fastest speed of a jaguar is 50 miles per hour, as documented by A-Z animals. Jaguars live on the North American continent in Texas, the Arizona mountains and the southern portions of California and New Mexico. Jaguars also live in Central and South American rain forests.
Jaguars are fast, powerful and fierce. Jaguars pursue their prey not through speed, but by stealth and camouflage until they are close enough to leap. These remarkable cats were prominent in Native American cultures, representing a powerful lord of the underworld: Jaguar God of the Night. Its name means "he who kills with one leap," according to National Geographic. Jaguars are excellent hunters, but their affinity for water allows them to fish as well.