Difference between Leopard and Cheetah Print

Key Difference: Leopard prints come in various different colors and can range from an off-whitish color to a bold yellow color, depending on the animal’s habitat. The spots on the skin look like little roses, earning the name rosettes. Cheetah prints have a tan background and have small black spots in brush patterns.

Animals prints on clothing or wearing animals skins have been popular since ancient times. Humans use to hunt the animals for food and wear their skins as clothing. Although, it has become illegal to hunt endangered animals, their print is still very in fashion. Leopard and Cheetah prints are two most popular prints that are used in fashion clothing.

Leopard prints come in various different colors and can range from an off-whitish color to a bold yellow color, depending on the animal’s habitat. In desert locations the fur is paler, while in forests they are golden yellow. The spots on the leopard also differs depending on the habitat, where in East Africa, the spots tend to be circular, while in South Africa and Asia, they are a squares. The spots on the skin look like little roses, earning the name rosettes. Melanistic leopards, also known as panthers, are brown to black in color and their spots are not distinguishable. Leopards are also known to have little white lines under its eyes, which can help it see better in the dark.

Cheetah prints have a tan background and have small black spots in brush patterns. They also have black tear lines that flow from their eyes to their mouth, which helps them see better in the sun. Cheetah spots only run along their back and not on their undersides. The black spots are between two and three centimeter in diameter. King cheetahs have a different print pattern, which may also be bigger and appear blotchier compared to others.

Other prints that are inspired from animals and include zebras, giraffes, peacock, etc. Cheetah and Leopard prints are also seen on white background, similar to those found on melanistic cheetahs and leopards.

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