Ranger Headquarters

Ranger Headquarters
Big Pine National Forest, Knotty Pine

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tiger Cat

Our mystery guest, the "Tiger Cat," is none other than an OCELOT.

The ocelot is the smallest of the big cats in North America. The Tiger Cat is generally 27-39" long, plus a tail 10-18''. Weight is 18 to 22 pounds. Occasionally much larger ocelots are found. The ocelot is found in South America, Mexico, and southern Texas, but will sometimes travel further north.

Ocelots are also know by several other names, including Painted Leopard, McKenney's Wildcat, and Jaguarete.

In South America, the Oncilla is called the "Tiger Cat." The oncilla looks similar to the ocelot and is about the size and weight of the average house cat.

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