ivallrod asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 1 decade ago

Why are some animals spotty and others stripy and others just plain?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Thats how they evolved.

    Some did this to avoid predators,while others did this so that they can hunt more easily.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, probably to more closely blend in with their environment. The spots, stripes, colours are not exclusive to the different types of animals as you will see stripes on a Tiger which is a predator and again stripes on a zebra which is a prey animal. They say that the stripes on a zebra are so that when a herd is standing together the predator cannot pick out an individual animal that may be weaker or smaller. The strippy animals seem to mostly be forest or jungle residents -- as a tiger walks amongst the tall grasses or foliage his colours disappear into the background. A polar bear, which is generally white can be hard to pick out when all behind him is white snow. Some colour though is also a warning that the animal is dangerous -- insects and reptiles that have bright colours are generally coloured that way so that it is a warning of either poisonous venom or a bad taste...

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  • 1 decade ago

    It depends on the animal's natural environment, whether they're nocturnal or diurnal, and whether they are predator or prey. Different colors are usually for camouflage, or to warn predators away (some brightly colored lizards/frogs, for example). Zebras have stripes because it helps them to blend into the shadows cast by the grasses where they live, and jaguars and other cats have spots because it helps them blend in with leaf shadows while they stalk their prey. Animals like elephants don't have any natural camouflage because once they're adults, they don't really have any predators other than man.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    for camoflague it depends on their environment and what they need to do for protection! I think !

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