Both cougar and jaguar are natives of North and South America. Today, they look petite, however, this is the result of evolution and humans taking up their space. Both these cat species used to be at least 5% bigger in size and also stronger. Both belong to the cat family and have their similarities and differences. There some very fascinating attributes about each of them that include their bite strength, jump height, top speed and diet preferences. It’s hard to tell which one of them is better than the other, here is a comparison of various characteristics of the two majestic cat species.
Which is bigger Cougar or Jaguar? Comparison of size
The average weight of both cougars and jaguars is about 165 lbs (75 Kg).
The average height of an adult Jaguar is 70 cm, while that of a cougar is 75 cm.
Comparison of life-span
The lifespan of a Jaguar is 12 years. Cougars live up to 15 years.
What does a cougar or a jaguar look like: Comparison of aesthetics
Jaguars are more similar to leopards and have a pattern on black/ brown spots on their yellow golden fur. Jaguars are most similar to leopards in their cat family.
Cougars have a tan/ brown/ black fur. They are most similar to lions, pumas and panthers in the cat family.
Which is more powerful Cougar or Jaguar? Comparison of strength:
A jaguar can leap upto 10 feet in the air. Their top running speed is 50 mph (80 kph). Jaguars also have the most powerful bites in the entire cat family and scores 1200 psi. Jaguars have the 4th most powerful bite in land animals beating both lions and tigers. Only an alligators and crocodiles have bites stronger than that of Jaguar.
A cougar can jump upto 18 feet high in the air. This is the highest jump among the cats. Their top speed is also about 50 mph (80 kph). The cougar bite size is 556 psi.
Who is faster? Jaguar or Cougar
Both cougar and jaguar have similar running speeds that range between 64 – 80 kph. Although the jump height of a cougar is much more than that of a jaguar. The bite of a jaguar is much more lethal. Both jaguars and cougars are excellent swimmers and can also dive in water to catch a prey.
Where do cougars and jaguars live?
Both cougars and jaguars have existed since 500,000 years. Both are native to North America and South America. They can adapt to deserts, swamps, and tropical rain forests. A large population of jaguars can be found in amazon rainforests. Jaguars were driven out of North America, while cougars still live in many parts of Mexico and USA. A reason for why Jaguars couldn’t survive in North America was human inhabitation. Jaguars preferred “big preys” which were mostly hunted by the Indians. Cougars survived this human inhabitation because of their ability to survive on smaller prey. A significant population of cougars and jaguars co-exist in Venezuala that is comprised of woodland and savannah.
Comparison of cougar and jaguar diets
Both cougars and jaguars prey upon a variety of species. Cougars mostly prey on juveniles and younger small animals, while jaguars can prey on adults as well. Jaguars also risk preying on aggressive species that can potentially harm them too.
Jaguars and cougars have similar preference of food. Jaguar diet includes about 31% of cattle, 24% caiman which is an alligator species, 21% peccary and some other animals like deer and anteater, etc.
Cougar diet mostly consists deers, mountain goats, wild sheeps. Deer is their preferred prey. Younger cougars prey on smaller animals like rabbits and raccoons.