The jaguar relies on its powerful muscles to maneuver through forested environments with ease, but the greatest strength of the jaguar is found in its jaws. Pound for pound, jaguars have the strongest jaws of any of Earth’s big cats. They are capable of delivering a bite force of 2,000 pounds due to the unique arrangement of their large jaw muscles. A jaguar’s jaws are also shorter than those of a lion or tiger, which allows them to exert relatively more leverage with each bite. This allows them to bite through the skulls of their prey and even tough armor like turtle shells with relative ease.
Celebrate World Jaguar Day on April 10!