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Sleeping Habits of Ocelots

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Ocelots (Leopardus pardalis or Felis pardalis) are wildcats. Ocelots are threatened by hunters for their coats; they also suffer loss of habitat due to encroachment by humans, but they have been elevated to "least concern" status by the IUCN watchdog agency after 1996. Ocelots have distinctive sleeping habits defined by their need to hunt and stalk nocturnal prey. They are rarely seen in daytime, even in areas where their population is significant.

Ocelot Sleeping Patterns

Ocelots sleep during the day, in dense vegetation on the ground or in trees. When they are awake, it is most often during the dark of night. They may stay up for 12 hours at a time, spending their waking hours hunting rodents and fish. Specimens do not demand solitude; several Ocelots can share the same sleeping area; both males and females share hunting territory.