Margay is a small wild cat native to Central and South America. Slightly bigger than a domestic cat, this beauty is easily recognized by its unique coat. Similar to leopard, this cat has a coat marked with rows of open rosettes and dark spots.

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Where can we find the margay?

This cat is native to northern Mexico, Central, and South America, east of the Andes, and even as far to the south as Uruguay and Argentina. Though, did you know the margay was been reported in shaded coffee or cocoa plantations? Yet, the most favorite habitat of this beauty is located in the forest, and by that, we mean all kinds of forests.

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How does a margay look?

Very similar to an ocelot in its appearance, the margay yet has a little shorter head, larger eyes, with long tail and legs. The famous rosettes with dark spots make this cat irresistible. Relatively soft and thick fur, unlike the other cats, grows “in reverse” on the back of its neck, instead, slanting forwards. The body length is from 19 to 31 inches, while weight goes between 5,7 to 8,8 pounds.

Diet and hunting.

This nocturnal animal hunts small mammals, including monkeys, birds, eggs, lizards, and tree frogs. Yet, it will also consume grass, fruit, and other vegetation, most likely to help digestion. Our excellent and agile climber is able to descend headfirst from a tree or hang by one hind foot from a branch!

Reproduction.

Margays are monogamous animals, forming temporary pair bonds during the mating season. After mating, they will also stick together through the breeding season, and even hunt together. Sadly, males leave before the kittens are born. The mating occurs in October and lasts till January. After a gestation of 76 to 85 days, one or two kittens are born. Although the young are fully grown in the first year, the will not breed until two or three years of age.

Did you know margays can rotate their ankles 180 degrees?

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