Jaguars are among the most recognizable members of the wild animal kingdom. Their distinctive spotted coats and muscular frames contribute to a dominating presence. Jaguar females breed about every two years, and can produce litters of one to four cubs. On average, a female's litter is two cubs, both of whom she vigorously protects while they are weaned.
Jaguar Reproduction Cycle
Jaguars breed most often during the wet season, but litters are possible throughout the year. A female jaguar will call males to mate during her period of estrus, which lasts from 6 to 17 days and occurs on a 37-day cycle. Her pregnancy lasts from 91 to 111 days. Young are born blind and helpless, nursing until 5 or 6 months of age, then proceeding to hunt with their mother.
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