What Type of Animal Is a Jaguar?

Jaguars are a type of big cat belonging to the mammal kingdom. They are also carnivores. The scientific name of the jaguar is Panthera onca.

Jaguars are the largest type of cat in the Americas. Their habitat is remote territory in South and Central America, particularly the Amazon region. Jaguars' favorite foods are fish, deer, capybaras, turtles and peccaries. They are powerful swimmers and climbers and often hide in trees to ambush their prey. Jaguars are solitary creatures, and mark their territories with scent or claw marks on trees. They are sometimes hunted for their fur and killed by ranchers to protect livestock.