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Spot the Differences Between Leopards, Jaguars, and Cheetahs

Spot the Difference — Is It a Leopard, Jaguar, or Cheetah?


Source: Flickr user macjewell

A leopard by any other name would still look as sweet . . . but it wouldn't technically be a leopard. You see, even though some people call out these big cat species interchangeably, there is actually quite a difference among their spots. Take a look below at photos of each, and then try to ace our big cats quiz!

  • Cheetah: (Scientific name: Acinonyx jubatus) No rosettes here, the Cheetahs have solid, evenly distributed spots.

  • Source: Flickr user tambako

  • Leopard: (Scientific name: Panthera pardus) These cats have a pattern that looks flower like — called rosettes — in large numbers with a slightly different color inside.

  • Source: Flickr user macjewell

  • Jaguar: (Scientific name: Panthera onca) Jaguars' markings also include rosetted dots but they sometimes have spots in the center as well as a darker, thicker outline. Typically, there are larger rosettes in smaller numbers on this species.

  • Source: Flickr user tambako

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Ganeshram15438464 Ganeshram15438464 3 years
Great.Now I'll b able to tell difference between d three cats
matroushka matroushka 4 years
hi, can you help me out identifying a certain fur type. it is greenish grayish with dark stripes. i dont know how i can send you the picture
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 4 years
Ha, everyone around here calls everything leopard print. Now I can politely inform them the obvious differences, lol.
Assistant-Community-Manager Assistant-Community-Manager 4 years
Who knew!  So glad I'm now knowledgeable in cat spots!
Xyre Xyre 4 years
Meowza!
popmusicprincess popmusicprincess 7 years
Kool Now I'll be able to tell the difference. Thanks
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