Seeing Spots, Spotted Animals

If you are seeing spots, you might need to have your eyes checked, or maybe not. Have fun spotting the spotted animals in this link.

Spotted Quoll


This cute little critter is actually a carnivore. They gobble up rats, birds, bugs, and reptiles. Spotted Quolls are also known as Tiger Quolls, and are marsupials, meaning they carry their young in a pouch. They are native to Australia.



Also referred to as, no surprise, the Spotted Deer, these deer don’t just have spots as fawns. The live in India, and other neighboring countries. They live in large herds, and use their spots to blend into the dappling sunlight though the trees. Assuming most predators see in black, white, and shades of grey, you can understand how an animal like this would use these markings to hide.



Jaguars are often confused with Leopards or Cheetahs. Leopards are smaller than Jaguars, and their spots have different appearances. The jaguar having spots within their spots, the leopard having irregular donut type spots. The cheetah on the other hand has very simple spots, more like polka-dots, see below. Like all cats they are carnivores, at the top of the food chain. Sadly as they are facing habitat destruction they are approaching threatened status.



Cheetahs are best known for their remarkable speed over short distances, and they have incredibly fast acceleration, zero to over one hundred kilometers an hour in less than three seconds. That’s fast! In comparison, people can run about twelve kilometers an hour. A couple of odd facts is that, unlike most cats, Cheetahs’ claws are not fully retractable, and they are not terribly good at climbing trees.

Ladybird Beetle


Also known as Ladybugs, these are good insects to have in your garden, they eat aphids. Most are red, but they can also be orange, or yellow like this one. If you have ever tried picking one up, you might have thought it “peed” on you, actually what it did was extrude a yucky tasting toxin in defense so you wont eat it. Since their main predators are birds, they are usually picked up in beaks, so their reflex is to “bleed” out this substance in effort to not only free themselves, but in combination with their color, to remind the bird not to try eating them, or their family, again. Smart huh?

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28 Responses to “Seeing Spots, Spotted Animals”
  1. eddiego65 Says...

    On November 1, 2008 at 9:36 am

    I’m seeing lots of spots! Loved the article!

  2. Brenda Nelson Says...

    On November 1, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Giraffes are probably one of the most elegant wild animals, and my favorite on your list. Good work Marky.

  3. Jack Rodnessey Says...

    On November 1, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Thats a great article, with great pictures.

  4. Budding Polymath Says...

    On November 1, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    I find it interesting that in a lot of ways the existence of spotted animals is another example of nature stumping itself. Nature creates a certain way animals must perceive things like light, colors, and motion in order to capture prey, so another part of nature creates spots to confuse other aspects of nature that are advantageous for different reasons. These kinds of balances are truly wondrous.

  5. Darrin & Josy Says...

    On November 1, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Ladybug’s are our personal favorite. They somehow get in our apartment through the window screen and wind up living on our drapes. We never mind it because we love their company. They the most beautiful bugs in the world, to us at least.
    Awesome collection of pictures!

  6. Anne Lyken Garner Says...

    On November 1, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Great pictures.

  7. s hayes Says...

    On November 1, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    excellent article x i could also include my face after eating all of my daughters halloween sweets x

  8. Jaison Says...

    On November 1, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Good article. I hope i can unwind the science behind the spots and publish it sometime in Scienceray

  9. Darlene McFarlane Says...

    On November 1, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    This is a very interesting article and I found an animal I never knew about.. the spotted Quoll. He is cute.

  10. thestickman Says...

    On November 1, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    The Fire Salamander looks alot like out “Tiger Salamanders” over here on this side of the ‘big pond.’ :)

  11. Carolyn Cordon Says...

    On November 1, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Beautiful article and pictures. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Joshua Miguel Says...

    On November 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

    i find the photo of the fire salamader kinda creepy and slimmy, yuk… overall, your article is cool as always! nice post!

  13. Lucas DiƩ Says...

    On November 2, 2008 at 2:50 am

    beautifully done, thanks for that

    the stingray really made me see spots

  14. acecampillo Says...

    On November 2, 2008 at 3:03 am

    Those animals are unique!

  15. Chambo Says...

    On November 2, 2008 at 3:45 am

    Love the Dalmations. Very nice pics and some great facts. Thanks

  16. R J Evans Says...

    On November 2, 2008 at 5:01 am

    A lovely collection of spotty animals!

  17. LIVING BY GRACE Says...

    On November 2, 2008 at 11:05 am

    OK, get me a sec. Trying to adjust my eyes, because every time a blink I see more spots. Great information about these beautiful animals and I learned something new, so that is a good thing. Keep up the good writing.

    God Bless,

    Nelson Doyle

  18. Kimberly Lee Says...

    On November 2, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Well done…. Keep up the good work. Kimberly

  19. C Jordan Says...

    On November 2, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Nicely pu together, Mark

  20. jaywergin Says...

    On November 2, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    very nice

  21. nobert soloria bermosa Says...

    On November 3, 2008 at 3:44 am

    nice job,nice photos too

  22. Ghetto Says...

    On November 3, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    I didn’t know ladybugs were also ladyBirds. Fun topic.

  23. Karen Gross Says...

    On November 3, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    That stingray looks like the spots are painted on. Cool:)

    Did you hear about the fellow who told his friend that he had been seeing spots all week? His friend asked if he had seen a doctor, to which the fellow replied: ‘No. Only spots.”

  24. Bill M. Tracer Says...

    On November 7, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Nicely done. That Blue Spotted Stingray left me blinking, those spots were so vibrant.

  25. tales2tell Says...

    On November 10, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Beautiful job. I never thought of Giraffe’s having spots! lol. I loved the stingray – vibrantly beautiful!

  26. Lucia Says...

    On February 21, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    love it!

  27. kriz Says...

    On November 16, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    ITs is kool

  28. Anjum Says...

    On April 21, 2010 at 1:44 am

    we have to admire the creater who created all these beauties for us.

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