Photo of Ocelot



The Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) is a medium-sized wild cat with a distinctive coat featuring spots and stripes. Native to various ecosystems in Belize, including forests and grasslands, these cats are agile predators.

Interesting Facts

  • Scientific Name: Leopardus pardalis
  • Habitat: Inhabits diverse landscapes in Belize, demonstrating adaptability to different environments.
  • Diet: Carnivorous, preying on small mammals, birds, and reptiles; displays excellent hunting skills.
  • Behavior: Nocturnal and solitary; known for their elusive nature and territorial behavior; play a crucial role in maintaining the ecological balance in Belize.

Fun Facts:

  • Like other animals with night vision, ocelots have a layer at the back of eye that reflects light back through the eye to help them see in the dark
  • The “eye-spots” on the back of their ears are used to confuse larger wild cats or rival ocelots

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