black panther Sarah Caldwell

The scientific name of the black panther is Panthera Onca

The Black Panthers scientific name is the Panthera Onca.


The black panther, a term that encompasses black leopards and black jaguars, lives mainly in areas with dense rain forests. Black leopards live in Africa, Central Asia, India and China while black jaguars are found in Latin America.


Panthers are strictly carnivores: they only eat meat. About 90 % of their diet is feral hog, white-tailed deer, raccoon, and armadillo. Occasionally they consume rabbits, rats, and birds, and on rare occasion alligators (Maher et al. 1990).

physical description

Black panthers are members of the big cat family. Their physical appearance has some similarities to that of other big cats, but, since black panthers inhabit vast geographic areas in all kinds of climates and conditions, their physical appearance varies widely. ... Black jaguars are usually bigger than black leopards.

breeding info

Mating and Reproduction. Female panthers reach sexual maturity at about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 years of age, and males at about 3 years of age. Panthers are polygamous: they mate with more than one partner. Males will try to prevent other males from mating with females within their ranges but they are not always successful.

special behavior

Black Panther Behavior. Habits. Black panthers have unique behaviors or habits which are different from those of other big cats or pet cats. As members of the big cat family, black panthers can roar while other small cats, such as house cats, bobcats, lynx, and cougars, purr but cannot roar.

interesting info

The animal known as a "panther" actually refers to 3 different types of big cats, leopards (Panthera pardus) or jaguars (Panthera onca) that have a black or white color mutation and a subspecies of the cougar (Puma concolor). The "black panther" is a black jaguar of the Americas or a black leopard of Asia and Africa.


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