Jaguar clawing tree by Steve Winter (NatGeo)
The jaguar is found in Mexico, Central America, Paraguay and Northern Argentina. Though it looks like a leopard at first glance, it’s a lot stockier in build, and has spots inside the rosettes on its coat. While it loves dense jungle, the jaguar can be found in all kinds of habitat, forested and open, but it likes to be close to water. Like the tiger, the jaguar is an excellent swimmer. Preying on large animals like deer, tapirs, peccaries, dogs, and even crocodiles, the jaguar may also hunt smaller species like frogs, mice, birds and fish. A jaguar has an incredibly powerful and unusual bite, (even compared to that of a tiger) with which it pierces right through the skull of its prey, puncturing its brain.