|Attribute||Males & Females|
|Body Weight||11-16 kg (24-35 lb)*|
|Body Length||70-100 cm (10-40 in)|
|Tail Length||27-45 cm (11-18 in)|
|Shoulder Height||40-50 cm (~20 in)|
*Note: a record-setting individual weighed 20 kg (44 lbs) (Sunquist & Sunquist 2002)
General body shape
Pelage (from Sunquist & Sunquist 2002, 2009)
Sexes largely alike
Identifying individuals (from Trolle & Kery 2003)
Ocelots are the second largest, spotted cat in South America, second only to the jaguar. Their grayish to cinnamon coats are marked with numerous dark spots and bars. Spots are open, the center of each revealing the lighter background color.
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Murray & Gardener (1997)
Sunquist & Sunquist (2002, 2009)
Trolle & Kery (2003)