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HI again BK, How are things going? Things are great here in Nevada because its 4th of July weekend. Any ways here are more interesting animal conflicts.

Jaguar vs Reticulated Python

Wildebeest vs Green Anaconda

Cougar vs Orangutan

Spotted Hyena vs Cheetah

Kangaroo vs Jaguar

Giraffe vs American Alligator

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Hello Trish.  Everything's good here.

Jaguar vs Reticulated Python: A large reticulated python can weigh close to the same weight as the jaguar.  Jaguars are muscular, powerful felids that have stocky builds perfectly suited for taking on low-to-the-ground prey items (anacondas, caiman, peccaries, etc.).  They also have typical big cat attributes (speed, agility, explosiveness, athleticism, jaws & claws) and are experienced at killing reptiles.  Jaguars do this by gaining control of the animal's movements with their forepaws and biting the skull or spinal column.  A jaguar's jaws are capable of exerting a very high bite force and enables it to crunch through skulls, caiman armor, armadillo shells, and turtle shells.  Pythons, like all constrictors, are excellent ambush predators.  They are much lighter than anacondas of the same length, but are quicker and typically more aggressive.  A reticulated python can certainly ambush and subdue a jaguar (constrictors can suffocate animals twice their own weight), but a face-to-face confrontation will change the odds.  A python on land has limited mobility and poor stamina.  Pythons attempt to secure an "anchoring point" with their backward-pointing teeth, and force their coils around the victim.  The snake won't have speed to consistently pull this off against a jaguar aware of its presence, and won't have the reflexes to avoid the jaguar's attack.  The jaguar will instinctively know to target the head of the python, and will have enough agility, quickness, and flexibility to avoid the snake's coils while it clamps on with its massive jaws.  The reticulated python isn't without hope, but won't be favored against a big cat that has a great deal of experience dealing with anacondas.  The jaguar will still have the edge in shallow water, but the cat will be at a disadvantage if the water depth is too great for it to touch bottom.  Edge to jaguar.

Wildebeest vs Green Anaconda: The wildebeest will weigh about 50% more than the green anaconda.  Wildebeests are sturdy antelopes with ox-like horns approaching 2.5ft in length.  They commonly deal with predators like lions, leopards, hyenas, African hunting dogs, and crocodiles.  Wildebeests primarily use their horns to defend themselves, but their hooves can be potentially dangerous as well.  An attack of a wildebeest by a predator isn't always successful even when the predator is rather formidable (lioness, crocodile) due to the wildebeest being strong and determined in its efforts to escape.  Green anacondas are excellent ambush hunters, but are poor fighters on land (limited mobility and poor stamina)when face-to-face with a large opponent.  The green anaconda certainly has the physical strength and ability to constrict a wildebeest, but it will have trouble pulling this off without an ambush.  The anaconda will have greater maneuverability in water and its stamina will improve, but that won't guarantee it a kill with a herbivore of this size.  It's unlikely the anaconda will attack anything that it can't swallow in a predatory manner.  Edge to wildebeest.

Cougar vs Orangutan: These animals will be close in weight, but a large orangutan can be slightly heavier.  The cougar has impressive attributes including agility, athleticism, quickness, use of paws & claws, and killing experience.  It is an exceptional leaper.  A cougar can kill prey items much larger than itself by ambushing and dispatching them with a bite to the neck or snout (to induce suffocation).  Orangutans are massively strong apes with long arms spanning close to 7.5ft wide.  They are typically peaceful animals and aren't skilled combatants, but one can deliver a decent bite if threatened.  The orangutan's limbs are very flexible, and it is capable of great range of motion with its arms.  It is at home in the trees, but has limited mobility on the ground, and would be vulnerable to an attacking cougar.  A determined orangutan would have a decent chance to repel the cougar on occasion, but it won't have the experience or the weaponry to do so consistently.  Edge to cougar.

Spotted Hyena vs Cheetah: A spotted hyena will typically weigh about 10-20% more than a cheetah.  Spotted hyenas are very durable and have an impressive bite force, and these 2 assets are huge in ranking it as one of the most formidable adversaries another animal can face.  However, hyenas aren't the most agile or graceful movers Africa has to offer (they are somewhat clumsy), and their jaws are their only offensive weapon.  Even so, they are battle tested, and occasionally rumble with lions and leopards. Cheetahs are built for speed.  They have slender bodies, relatively small heads, and semi-retractable claws which make them less formidable in combat than leopards or cougars.  A cheetah can't afford to be injured (this will impede its ability to hunt), and will avoid a dangerous conflict unless it is absolutely necessary to do so.  The spotted hyena will have too many advantages (strength, durability, endurance, huge bite, combat experience) to lose a fight to a cheetah.  Even the smaller striped hyena would give a cheetah a run for its money.  Spotted hyena wins.

Kangaroo vs Jaguar: A jaguar can weigh 50% more than a red kangaroo (the largest type of kangaroo).  All kangaroos have very powerful back legs that enable them to leap amazingly well and travel rapidly along the ground in a bounding motion.  Its legs can also be used to deliver a very strong kick (the kangaroo balances itself with its tail to do this) to defend itself from enemies or battle other kangaroos.  The power of a kangaroo's kick and the claws on its feet can cause considerable damage to an attacker.  The kangaroo's forepaws can also be an asset in a conflict, as they can assist in holding and grabbing.  Jaguars are considered to be the strongest cats pound-for-pound, and have the strongest bite for their size among big cats.  A jaguar's ability to leap upon prey and seize it with its claws will be a huge problem for the kangaroo.  The kangaroo doesn't face any predator that can do these things (dingoes are the chief terrestrial threat for a kangaroo), and it's mobility won't be great enough to consistently keep a jaguar in range of its kicks.  The jaguar will leap upon the marsupial and pull it to the ground.  Jaguar wins.   

Giraffe vs American Alligator: A bull giraffe can weigh 4 times as much as a large American alligator.  A giraffe is generally a timid animal, but its large size makes it safe from most predators as an adult.  A giraffe will usually run when threatened, but if forced to fight, it will defend itself with strong kicks.  One well-placed kick from the giraffe's large hooves can kill a lion or a hyena.  American alligators have the ability to seize large animals at the water's edge with their powerful jaws and pull them into the water to drown.  Its armored hide offers good protection from attack, and its jaws and tail can be utilized as dangerous weapons.  A bull giraffe will be too heavy for a American alligator to pull down while it's on land, but the giraffe injure the reptile with a well-placed kick.  In shallow water the alligator will be able to move around with greater ease, but it still won't have the power bring down a standing giraffe.  The giraffe can't realistically injure the alligator once it wanders into water deep enough to slow its movement, but the alligator won't be able to easily reach a vital area (neck, head) to seize without the giraffe's cooperation (which may produce a stalemate).  Only in deep water will the alligator have any real chance.  Giraffe wins.

Happy 4th to you!

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Questions regarding animal conflicts within realistic or unrealistic settings are welcome; my strength lies in medium-to-large species. Small animals (including birds of prey), prehistoric animals, sea creatures, and domestic dog breeds are usually within my scope, but to a lesser degree. I can't confidently answer hypothetical questions about human vs animal, arachnids, insects, or amphibians, but I am willing to field them nonetheless.


From a young age, I have been interested in animals. Starting with the original Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom and World Book Encyclopedias, I have seen many animal shows and documentaries and have read multiple books on the subject. I have a solid understanding of the physiology of many animals and interspecies conflict in general.

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