Can you identify these animal patterns?


The animal kingdom is filled with rich colorations and dizzying patterns. Given a close-up photo of an animal's skin or fur, can you identify what creature it is?

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Striped snake
What snake is shown here?

Sometimes knowing the difference in patterns can save your life! The snake shown is the harmless milksnake — but if the pattern had been red on yellow, it would be the venomous coral snake.

Question 2 of 18

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Which big cat has the pattern shown here?

Cheetahs have solid, round spots, while leopards and jaguars have rosettes.

Question 3 of 18

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Which butterfly has this pattern?

Viceroy and queen butterflies look very similar to monarchs, but they are slightly different in pattern.

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Black and white polka dots
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These polka dots belong to which animal?

Guinea fowl

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Round colorful spots
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This colorful pattern belongs to which animal?


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Light stripes
Can you guess which this animal is?

Albino zebra

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Black and yellow pattern
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What animal is this?

Giant pufferfish

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Blackish brown spots
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What animal has this spotted pattern?

laced moray eel

Question 9 of 18

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Which dog breed has this coat?

German Shorthaired Pointer

Question 10 of 18

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This bold pattern belongs to which reptile?

Boa constrictors have pronounced brownish saddle-shaped bands on their cream-colored backs.

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Black and white stripes
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Which animal is shown here?

Dirce beauty butterfly

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Brown splotches
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Name the animal:

Masai Giraffe

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Vivid pattern
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Which marine animal has this vivid pattern?


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Elephant skin
Photo: Valentina Storti/Flickr
This is the skin of what animal?


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Blue, yellow, black and white stripes
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What bird is pictured here?

Blue and yellow macaw

Question 16 of 18

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What creature is pictured here?

Peacock spider

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Which breed of cat has this pattern on its coat?

Bengal cat
While the other cats can have wild markings, Bengal cats have distinct rosette patterns similar to leopards.

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Yellow black spots
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This bright pattern is found on what creature?

22-spot ladybird

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