Both have strengths, weaknesses and unique characteristics that will play a major role in determining the outcome of the battle. The outcome will not only be determined by their physical characteristics but also their behavioral characteristics and intelligence levels. The alligator is a timid animal that tends to avoid any form of altercation unless provoked. Jaguars on the other hand are vile animals that may attack and kill any animal without even being provoked.
Here are facts and information about these two creatures:
Jaguar Facts and Information.
- Scientific name is Panthera once.
- Males are larger than females
- Average head and body length is 1.8 meters (6 feet.)
- Tail can grow to a total length of 60 centimeters (2 feet)
- Average weight ranges from 45 Kg (100 pounds) to 115 kg (250 pounds.)
- Males normally weigh between 57 and 115 kg while females weigh between 45 and 90 kg.
- Lifespan in the wild is between 12 and 15 years.
- Endemic to and mostly found in central and south America.
- Most of them live in dense forests and woods but some can be found in semi-arid areas.
- Normally live near water bodies and feed on animals that either live in the water or come to drink water from the body.
- Biggest cats in south America.
- Majorly found in the Amazon basin.
- Better swimmers when compared to other members of the cat family.
- Carnivorous animals that mainly feed on fish, deer, tapirs, turtles, caimans, capybaras, alligators, peccaries and other small animals.
- Sometimes hide at the top of trees and camouflage to the surrounding when on hunting mission.
- Color is yellow, orange or tan with black spots.
- Have distinctively short legs.
- Are solitary and territorial animals that use their urine to mark their territories. They may also define their territory by marking trees using their claws. Are vicious fighters when it comes to defending their territories.
- On average the territory of a single jaguar can be up to 80 square kilometers but is normally less than that.
- Females give birth to a maximum of 4 cubs in each reproduction cycle.
- Newly born cubs are vulnerable as they are defenseless and blind.
- Female jaguars take care of the young ones.
- Start hunting at the age of 2 years.
- Biggest threat to their existence is poaching,
- Categorized as top-level predators i.e. don’t have any known predator.
- Have stronger jaws when compared to other cats.
- Unlike other big cats that go for the neck during a kill, jaguars normally go for the head and crash it with their powerful jaws or kill the prey through ferocious body movements.
- When there is limited hunting ground and limited prey, they occasionally stray to areas inhabited by humans.
- Normally mate in the months of August and September.
- Gestation period is about 100 days.
Alligator facts and information
- Males are larger than females.
- Average length is between 3 m (10 ft.) and 4.6m (15 ft.)
- Average weight is about 450 kg (1000 pounds.)
- Lifespan in the wild is between 35 and 50 years.
- Highly intelligent animal.
- There are two extant species of alligators including the Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis) and the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis.).
- Chinese alligators are smaller than American alligators.
- Found in swampy areas, marshy areas and near freshwater bodies including lakes and rivers.
- American alligators are mainly found in the US states of Louisiana, North Carolina, Texas and Florida.
- Chinese alligators are majorly found in some sections of Yangtze River.
- Seamless swimmers with ability to navigate waters undetected.
- Carnivorous animals that majorly feed on snakes, turtles, fish and small animals.
- Even though categorized as carnivorous animals, on several occasions they have been spotted eating wild fruits including grapes, citrus and elderberries.
- Rarely attack or eat humans but may sometimes do so when there is scarcity of their preferred prey.
- Hatchlings have an average length of between 15 and 20 centimeters.
- Females can lay up to 50 eggs in each reproduction cycle.
- Normally mate in the month of June.
- Just like Nile crocodiles, the sex of hatchlings is determined by incubation temperature. A male alligator is hatched when incubation temperature is 34 degrees Celsius while a female one is hatched when the temperature is about 30 degrees Celsius.
- Can sprint at a top speed of 48 km per hour.
- At any given time an average mature alligator can have up to 80 teeth.
- Whereas the population of American alligators is large and not considered as endangered, there are less than 200 Chinese alligators in existence.
The duel between Jaguar vs Alligator
Animal enthusiasts can’t help but imagine how tough a battle between these two creatures will end. Whereas the alligator dwells majorly in water, jaguars normally live in the jungle surrounded by huge trees. Jaguars live in rainforests near water bodies and therefore it is highly likely that these two animals can find themselves in the same battlefield. The two animals are well adapted to their surroundings and are camouflaged to avoid detection by predators.
In the fight between these two creatures, the alligator will rely on its muscular jaw that is not just flexible but also very resilient. When provoked, alligators are agile animals that react and attack within seconds. They also have an unbreakable jaw grip that can crash even the strongest of animals.
On the other hand, jaguars are stealth animals that know how to hide and attack when least expected. They can stay at a vantage position for a very long time while waiting for the prey to reach striking distance. They can spring at high speeds and jump on to their prey without giving the prey time to escape.
It would be almost impossible for an alligator to waylay and catch a jaguar. However, a jaguar can still be hunted especially when drinking water from fresh water bodies. Alligators normally lay in waiting near fresh water bodies and may attack and kill a jaguar instantly.
The outcome will depend on who attacked first and the location of the attack. Alligators will have an advantage if the fight takes places near water bodies while jaguars will have an upper hand if the fight takes place deep inside the forest.
Jaguars are strong animals that can lift and drag objects that are more than their own weight. They are also perfect climbers that can reach the top of a tree within a few seconds. If the fight was to take place deep inside a forest, a jaguar will most likely climb to the top of a tree. It will then jump down on to the alligator and if it manages to bite the alligator’s neck or head, then it will promptly kill the alligator.
On the contrary, if the fight takes place in a marshy area, the alligator may clamp the jaguar before crushing its bones and rendering it immobile. Once the jaguar is immobile, the alligator will easily kill it using its powerful jaws before making a meal out of it. An alligator can also kill a jaguar by catching it and dragging it below the water surface. This way the jaguar will drown within a few minutes.
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