The top speed a jaguar may reach is 50 miles per hour. The jaguar is the largest cat in South and Central America and may weigh up to 350 pounds.
Jaguars are solitary animals that reside in floodplains, swamps and rain forests. They are carnivorous, and their primary prey consists of deer, capybara and tapir. There are approximately 15,000 jaguars on the planet, and they are in danger of extinction.
The average lifespan of a jaguar is 12 to 15 years. They reach sexual maturity in three to four years, and their average litter consists of three cubs. The average gestation period lasts 90 to 105 days.