A black pantherís size varies greatly according to where it lives and what it eats. In general, black panthers which feed on larger prey are bigger than those which feed on smaller prey, and black panthers living in open areas are larger than those living in forests.
Black leopards are the smallest members of the big catfamily in terms of both size and weight. They weigh anywhere from 65 to 200 pounds (29 to 91 kg) and range in length from three to seven feet (0.9 to 2.1 m), not including tails, which are about two to three feet (0.6 to 0.9 m) long. The average adult black leopard stands two feet high at the shoulder. A female black leopard is usually about a half to two-thirds the size of its male counterpart.
An average jaguar's size is usually bigger than that of a leopard. Black jaguars stand about 27 to 30 inches (68 to 76 cm) high at the shoulders. Male jaguars weigh from 125 to 220 pounds (57 to 100 kg) and range about 5.6 to 7.9 feet (1.7 to 2.4 m) long from nose to tail. Female jaguars weigh from 80 to 170 pounds (36 to 77 kg) and range about 5 to 7 feet (1.5 to 2.1 m) long from nose to tail. Their tails are less than one-third of their body length.
Although black panthers are not the biggest creatures in the animal kingdom, some larger animals fall victims to panthers with their powerful bodies and extraordinary fighting skills. (see black panther adaptations). For more physical description of black panthers, see: