Let's start with seeing the differences in those two big cats that have black spots on gray; the Clouded leopard and the Snow leopard.
Again, the IKs* are short and easy...these two leopards will be a snap to identify!
Snow leopard IK: Black rosettes with gray centers
Clouded leopard IK: Black square blotches with gray centers...similar to a tortoise shell in pattern.
Okay, so what cat is in the photo above? How about below?
For more about big cat spots, check out my blog post here.
*On many of my blog posts, I will provide some specific Identification Keys, or IKs, as seen and described in the photos. (More about identification keys here.)
The Clouded Leopard Project