Unlike leopards, they have real spots
Cheetah markings are solid black circles, whereas leopards, jaguars and most other ‘spotted’ cats have rosettes. These circular markings often feature a small spot in the centre and are a much more common form of camouflage.
Patterned fur creates ‘disruptive colouration’, which breaks up the animal’s outline. This enables the cheetah to sneak through vegetation without sticking out and becoming visible to prey. The underlying fur matches the colour of the long grass to help the cheetah remain invisible to onlookers.
Big cat camouflage is a serious matter and can be the difference between life and death. If a predator is seen its prey will flee and the hunter will go hungry. Camouflage has developed over millions of years of evolution and can save a cat’s skin.