Ocelots scientific name: Leopardus pardalis, and is Least concern. Twice the size of the average house cat, is a sleek animal with a gorgeous dappled coat. Ocelots, Unlike many cats, do not avoid water and can swim well. Ocelots' fine fur has made them the target of countless hunters, and in many areas they are quite rare, including Texas, where they are endangered. Ocelots are protected in the United States and most other countries where they live. Female ocelots have litters of two or three darkly colored kittens.
Lots of ocelots live under the leafy canopies of South American rain forests, and they also inhabit brushlands and can be found in Texas. These cats can adapt to human habitats and are sometimes found in the vicinity of villages or other settlements.
-eat mainly on small rodents, but also eat birds, snakes, iguanas and other lizards, baby peccaries, young deer, rabbits, and even fish and crabs - If the carcass can't be eaten in one feeding, the cat covers it and returns the next night to finish its meal -They may take prey up into a high place to eat it in peace
Ocelots base color varies between whitish or tawny yellow, reddish gray and gray. Ocelot's belly are white, and the backs of their ears are black with a central white spot. Ocelots grow to be about 2 – 3 feet long and weigh around 9 – 14 kilograms on average. Their tails are 1.5 feet in length.