Scientifically known as the Leopardus pardalis, the ocelot, an amazing mammal, is fast, spotted, and a carnivore. Smaller than most of its cousins like the jaguar, they are about 25 to 55 inches long, their tails being a fourth of their body length. Adult ocelots weigh approximately 24-35 pounds, and can run about 40 miles an hour, having only to catch prey like rodents and amphibians.
If their habitat changed because of deforestation and desertification, then the ocelot would have to change a few things in their genes in order to adapt. Firstly, they would have to be able to store more water because in deserts, there is not a lot of rain. They would also have to grow more fur so they can stay warmer at night and be protected from the sun during the day time.
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