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Difference Between a Leopard and a Jaguar

By SamK on September 23, 2023

The main differences between a Leopard (1st pic) and a Jaguar (2nd pic) are:


  • Jaguars are bulky, larger and have a broad head. Leopards are slimmer and more agile.
  • Jaguars have less height than Leopards. Leopards have larger legs.
  • Jaguars have circular black spots arrangement on a yellowish-tan coat while Leopards have circular spot arrangement on a light yellow coat.


  • Jaguars are native to the Americas, from the southwestern United States to Argentina and are found in a variety of habitats, while Leopards are found in Africa and parts of Asia, from the Middle East to Russia.
  • Leopards are more adaptable than jaguars and can live in almost every type of habitat.


  • Both are powerful hunters. Jaguars are known for their stealth and ambush tactics while leopards are opportunistic hunters and use tactics like stalking and pouncing on their prey from a distance.
  • Both are highly skilled climbers though and often drag their prey up into a tree to avoid other predators.