Jaguar, Leopard or Panther - What’s the Difference?
Height and Length
The jaguar has significantly shorter legs than the leopard. But in terms of shoulder height, both are similar at around 28 to 31 inches (70-80 cm) tall. That's because the jaguar has a larger, bulkier body.
But they differ in their length. The head-torso length is:
- Jaguar: 35 to 77 inches (90-196 cm)
- Leopard: 44 to 72 inches (112-185 cm)
The jaguar has a massive build and is significantly larger and heavier than the leopard. The heaviest known male jaguar weighed 348 lbs (158 kg).
- Jaguar: 132 to 220 lbs (60-100 kg)
- Leopard: 81 to 198 lbs (37-90 kg)
The jaguar has a broader, squarer, noticeably more rounded head than the leopard.
The jaguar has a much wider forehead and a wider jaw.
The leopard’s head is thinner and more elegant.
Of all big cats, the jaguar has the shortest tail:
- Jaguar: 18 to 30 inches (45-75 cm)
- Leopard: 26 to 40 inches (66-102 cm)
- Table of Contents:
- 0. Introduction
- 1. Fur Markings
- 2. Anatomy
- 3. Behavior and Habitat
- 4. What Are Panthers?
- 5. What Are Clouded Leopards, Cheetahs, Ocelots and Servals?
- 6. Summary With All Differences