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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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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. As of 2014, only around 15,000 jaguars are left in the wild.

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    How does a jaguar protect itself?

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    A jaguar is an apex predator and has no natural enemies, but if it needs to protect itself from large animals when it is hunting, it can do so with its powerful bite, which is the strongest of any of the big cats. It is skilled and swift at climbing trees and swimming, and its spotted coat camouflages it in the mixed light and shadow of the forest floor.

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    Why is the jaguar endangered?

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    Jaguars are endangered because of habitat destruction, hunting and persecution by cattle ranchers. They are only endangered in certain parts of their range, such as the United States, Mexico and El Salvador. They do have some stable populations, but human development threatens them everywhere.

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    What is a baby jaguar called?

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    Baby jaguars are called cubs. Cubs live with their mothers for the first two years of their lives. They are taught how to survive and then leave the mother to live on their own.

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    How fast does a jaguar run?

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    The jaguar can run at speeds of between 50 and 65 miles per hour. Although this animal can reach incredible speeds, it cannot maintain them for long.

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