I am not sure scientists have published that data,
even if some of them have taken the time to count
the spots. So, if you have some time to spare,
why don't you find out yourself? You could
look at a photo of a leopard and start counting or
visit a zoo that has one. You may not be able
to count them all so you will have to estimate the
total number. If you are interested, however,
why they have spots here is an answer to
that: Good luck!
Why do Leopards have
Spots and stripes are both a type of
camouflage called disruptive coloration.
and stripes break up what would otherwise be a
solid color, making the animal look less like a
large target and help it blend into the
background. Spots are especially useful for hiding
in long grass.
Another way that spots and
stripes work as camouflage is by confusing the
predator. If a predator spots a zebra, say, and
recognizes it as prey, chances are the predator
will fixate on the stripes as it stalks the zebra.
When the zebra senses the predator and runs
away, the white and black stripes blur into a gray
background and the predator immediately looses its
target. Predators are usually very good at sensing
movement, but the initial split second of
confusion may be enough time to allow the zebra to
escape. If you ever get a chance to go snorkeling
or diving in tropical waters, you'll notice that
most of the colorful butterfly fish on coral reefs
have disruptive camouflage (either spots or
stripes or both).
Lastly, a stripe
covering the eye and lots of dark spots on the
body help hide the eyes of prey, so the predator
may become confused about which end is the head.
Why would this be a good thing to hide from the
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