All leopards have spots. Black panthers have spots which can be seen only from certain angles under bright sunlight. The spots form a unique pattern for each leopard, just as every human being has his or her own unique fingerprints.
In general, the spots on a leopard are smaller on the head and bottom of the legs and larger on its main body. Its head and legs have solid black spots. On other parts of the body, groups of spots are arranged in circles or rings. These markings are called rosettes because they look like rings of blooming roses.
Some people mistake leopards for jaguars because their spot pattern looks somewhat similar. To tell the difference between these two animals, just look at the patterns of the rosettes. Jaguars have rosettes with one or more spots in the center, whereas the rosettes on leopards have no spots in the center.
The leopardís coat is spotted for good reason. The spots on the background coat make the leopards blend in perfectly with the patterns of light and shade around it. This good camouflage makes leopards good hunters for their prey and invisible to their animal predators and human hunters.
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