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37 Examples of Animals with Stripes (A to Z List & Pictures)

Examples of Animals with Stripes

Examples of animals with stripes include the aardwolf, bumblebee, zebra, clownfish, and coral snake.

There are many types of animals with stripes. Some examples include zebra, tiger, and cheetah.

There are different theories as to why these animals have stripes. For example, the theory that is most widely accepted is that predators can’t see them more easily when they are camouflaged in their surroundings because the striping breaks up their outline so they cannot be seen as clearly by predators lurking nearby.

Examples of Animals with Stripes

1. Aardwolf

Scientific NameProteles cristata
Type of AnimalMammal

The aardwolf has stripes that run along its body. These stripes help to camouflage the aardwolf and make it difficult for predators to spot them in their habitat.

The aardwolf is also known for its characteristic black and white coloring, which makes it easily recognizable among other animals.

2. African Wild Ass

African Wild Ass
Scientific NameEquus africanus
Type of AnimalMammal
Range Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia

The African Wild Ass is a species of the donkey that lives in Africa. They are the largest wild ass in the world and can weigh up to 300 pounds.

They have gray fur with black stripes running down their legs. They live in herds of up to 100 animals and eat grasses, leaves, and fruits.

3. Badgers

Scientific NameMeles meles
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeNorth America & Europe

Badgers are omnivores from both Europe and North America. The European and North American badgers have slightly different looks.

Badgers may come across as cute creatures but they can get nasty if you come too close. Many badgers will have very distinct stripes across their faces.

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4. Bumblebee

Scientific NameBombus
Type of AnimalInsect
RangeNorth America

Bumblebees are one of the most easily recognized insects because they have black and yellow stripes.

These stripes help warn predators that they can sting. The bumblebee is also important for pollination.

5. Burchell’s Zebra

Scientific NameEquus quagga burchellii
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangesoutheastern Africa

The zebra is perhaps one of the most well-known animals with stripes. Their distinctive black and white coloring makes them easily recognizable, and their stripes help to camouflage them in their environment.

Zebras can be found in Africa and are a part of the horse family.

6. Clownfish

Scientific NameAmphiprioninae
Type of AnimalFish
RangeRed Sea and Pacific Oceans

Clownfish are one of the most popular aquarium fish and are known for their bright orange stripes. They live in warm waters near coral reefs where they eat parasites off other fish.

7. Coral Snakes

coral snake
Scientific NameMicrurus lemniscatus
Type of AnimalReptile
RangeNorth Carolina to Louisiana

The coral snake is a brightly-colored, venomous snake found in the southeastern United States.

The red and black stripes on its body serve as a warning to predators that it is poisonous. The coral snake can reach lengths of up to four feet long.

Despite being venomous, the coral snake is not aggressive and will usually try to escape if it is approached.

8. Dascyllus

Dascyllus Fish
Scientific NameDascyllus
Type of AnimalFish
Range Red Sea and East Africa

The Dascyllus aruanus is a species of damselfish found in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. These fish have black stripes running down their bodies, and they can grow up to 12 inches long.

They are usually shy around people, but they make great pets for those who are patient enough to tame them.

9. Eastern Chipmunks

eastern Chipmunk
Scientific NameTamias striatus
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangeeastern United States

The eastern chipmunk is the most common type of chipmunk in North America. These creatures are also known as striped squirrels, or simply “chippers”.

They have a rust-colored stripe that runs down their back and another stripe on each side that begins behind their ears and goes to nearly halfway across their belly.

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10. Four Stripe Damselfish

four stripe damselfish
Scientific NameDascyllus melanurus
Type of AnimalFish
RangeIndo-Australian Archipelago and western Caroline

The four-stripe damselfish is a species of marine fish. It can grow up to three inches long, and it has bright blue and white stripes that may help them camouflage against the sea floor or coral reefs, especially when they are young.

These creatures tend to live in pairs at the bottom of the ocean where their food sources are plentiful.

11. Ferrets

Scientific NameMustela putorius furo
Type of AnimalMammal

The ferret is a small, weasel-like mammal that has a long body and short legs. They are typically brown or black with white stripes down their back.

Ferrets are carnivores and eat mostly meat. They live in burrows underground and can be found throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

12. Garter Snakes

garter snake
Scientific NameThamnophis
Type of AnimalReptile
RangeSoutheast and most of North America

The garter snake is a common and widespread species of colubrid snake. It is the only species in the genus Thamnophis.

Garter snakes are found throughout most of North America, from southern Canada to northern Mexico, and east of the Rocky Mountains as far as Georgia and Alabama.

They inhabit a variety of habitats, including forests, woodlands, fields, grasslands and wetlands.

13. Giant Elands

Scientific NameTaurotragus derbianus
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangewestern Africa

The giant eland is a large antelope that can be found in Africa. These animals have beautiful, long, brown fur with white stripes running down their sides.

They are the second-largest antelope in the world, and males can weigh up to 1400 pounds! Giant elands live in herds and eat mostly leaves, grasses, and fruit.

14. Grandidier Mongoose

banded Mongoose
Scientific NameGalidictis grandidieri
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangesouthwestern Madagascar

The Grandidier Mongoose is a small, slender mongoose found in the forests of Madagascar. It has reddish-brown fur with black stripes running down its back.

The Grandidier Mongoose is active during the day and feeds mainly on insects, but will also eat small mammals, reptiles, and birds.

15. Greater Kudu

Scientific NameTragelaphus strepsiceros
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeZambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe

Greater Kudu,

Impala, and Thomson’s Gazelle are all animals that have stripes. The Greater Kudu is found in Africa and has a light brown coat with dark vertical stripes.

The Impala is also found in Africa and has reddish-brown fur with white stripes down its sides.

The Thomson’s Gazelle is found in Africa and Asia and has a light brown coat with black stripes. All of these animals are known for their grace and agility.

16. Indian Palm Squirrels

Palm Squirrel
Scientific NameFunambulus palmarum
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeIndia and Sri Lanka

Indian Palm Squirrels

are found on the Indian subcontinent, which includes India and Pakistan. These animals have long tails with black stripes or rings around them.

They can also be brownish in color and some even have a white stripe down their back.

17. Juvenile Tapir

Scientific NameTapiridae
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeSouth America

The juvenile tapir has a coat of short, reddish-brown fur with black stripes. As the animal grows older, the stripes will fade and the coat will become darker.

The underparts are white, and there is a distinctive white “muzzle” marking on the head. Tapirs have stout bodies, long legs, and oversized feet.

18. Lesser Kudu

Scientific NameTragelaphus imberbis
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangenortheastern Africa

The lesser kudu is a antelope with long, thin horns which curve inwards. They have yellowish to light brown coats with white underbellies and usually dark vertical stripes on their sides for camouflage in grasses or bushes.

Striped bodies help them hide from predators while they are grazing during the day.

19. Lowland Bongo

Scientific NameTragelaphus eurycerus eurycerus
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangewestern Africa

The Lowland Bongo is a reddish-brown antelope that lives in the rainforest of Africa. They are shy animals and are difficult to see in the forest.

They have two long, black stripes down their back and white stripes on their sides. They weigh between 200 and 250 pounds and stand about four feet tall at the shoulder.

20. Moorish idol

Moorish idol
Scientific NameZanclus cornutus
Type of AnimalFish
Rangethe Indian Ocean, Red Sea

The Moorish idol is a fish with distinctive black and white stripes. It lives in coral reefs in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The Moorish idol is a popular aquarium fish.

21. Mountain Bongo

Mountain Bongo
Scientific NameTragelaphus eurycerus isaaci
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangecentral Kenya

Mountain Bongo is an African antelope that can be found in the mountainous regions of western Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, northern Tanzania, eastern Congo and Burundi.

Mountain bongos are considered to be least concern animals but they are still threatened by hunting for food or sport, habitat loss and fragmentation.

These animals have striking white and black stripes and are the largest of the bongo species.

22. Mountain Nyala

Scientific NameTragelaphus buxtoni
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangecentral Ethiopia

The mountain nyala is a type of antelope that can be found in the mountainous regions of eastern and southern Africa. They are distinguished by their striking striped coats, which help them to blend in with their surroundings.

Nyalas typically weigh between 160 and 220 pounds, and measure anywhere from 36 to 44 inches at the shoulder.

23. Mountain Zebra

Scientific NameEquus zebra
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeSouth Africa

Mountain Zebra,also known as the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, is a mountain-dwelling species of zebra which lives in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

24. Numbat

Scientific NameMyrmecobius fasciatus
Type of AnimalMammal

The numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus), also known as the banded anteater, is a marsupial found in Western Australia. Numbats live in small family groups of an adult pair and their young.

They feed on termites using their 16 cm long sticky tongue to catch prey.

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25. Okapi

Scientific NameOkapia johnstoni
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeDemocratic Republic of Congo

Okapi is a mammal from the giraffe family. It can be found in Central African countries, such as Democratic Congo and Uganda.

One of its most famous features is that it has zebra-like stripes on its legs and neck. These dark brown to black vertical bands go about halfway down their back legs and up the front of their neck.

26. Plain Zebra

Scientific NameEquus quagga
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangesouthern Africa

The plain zebra is the most common and widespread species of zebra. They can be found in grasslands, savannas, woodlands, and scrublands all throughout Africa.

Zebras have beautiful coats and distinct black and white stripes. These friendly creatures are very social, often living in herds of up to a dozen zebras for protection against predators such as lions or hyenas.

27. Quagga

Scientific NameEquus quagga quagga
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeSouth Africa

The Quagga is an extinct subspecies of plains zebra that lived in South Africa until the late 19th century. It had distinct markings very different from other zebras; its stripes were isolated rather than connected across the midline of its body, and it lacked a mane.

28. Raccoons

Scientific NameProcyon lotor
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeNorth America

Raccoons are often depicted in cartoons with their distinctive black band across their eyes. This stripe makes them look like they’re wearing a mask. But they also have striped tails, as you can see in the picture above.

29. Scottish Wildcat

Scientific NameFelis silvestris
Type of AnimalMammal

The Scottish Wildcat is a wild cat native to Scotland. It lives in the wilder, more remote parts of the Highlands and on some islands off its coast.

As their habitat has been taken over by farms, they have become extinct in many areas due to hunting, poaching and loss of prey species such as rabbits or young deer that are their natural prey.

30. Skunk

Hog-Nosed Skunks
Scientific NameMephitidae
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeUnited States, Canada, South America and Mexico

Skunks use their stripes as camouflage when they’re hiding from predators or hunting prey.

31. Striped Hyena

Scientific NameHyaena hyaena
Type of AnimalMammal

The Striped Hyena is one of the most interesting animals in Africa. They are known for their loud laughter-like call, and their striped coat.

They live in packs and can be very dangerous to humans. Although they look scary, they are actually quite timid and usually run away from danger.

32. Striped Pyjama Squid

Scientific NameSepioloidea lineolata
Type of AnimalFish

The striped pyjama squid is a small, colorful cephalopod found in tropical waters around the world.

These squids have a red and white body with blue stripes, hence their name. They are usually less than six inches long and can be found near the ocean’s surface.

33. Striped Marlin

Striped Marlin
Scientific NameKajikia audax
Type of AnimalFish

Striped Marlin are a type of fish that love to live in the open ocean. They have dark blue backs and silver bellies, but their most notable feature is the striping pattern running from head to tail.

Stripes can be almost any color – yellow or red being especially popular ones.

34. Tabby Cat

Tabby Cat
Scientific NameFelis catus
Type of AnimalMammal

They usually have tan or orange fur on their stomachs and dark brown, black, gray or white stripes along their backs and tails.

In addition to the striping on their backs, tabby cats also have stripes on their legs and necks.

35. Tiger

siberian tiger
Scientific NamePanthera tigris
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeNorth Korea, China, India, and Southeast Asia

The tiger is another animal that is known for its stripes. These stripes help to camouflage the tiger in its environment and also make it difficult for predators to spot them.

The tiger is a large cat that can be found in Asia and is the national animal of several countries.

Tigers are considered endangered animals, and there are only about 3900 tigers left in the wild.

36. Warty Pigs

Scientific NameSus cebifrons
Type of AnimalMammal

Warty Pigs has stripes all over their body and they are native to the rainforest of South America.

37. Zorse

Scientific NameEquus zebra x Equus caballus
Type of AnimalMammal

Zorse, also known as Zebroid is a hybrid between zebra and any other equine. There are many reports of this kind of animal but it is not very common.

Also, there are several breeds with stripes on the legs or body like zebrass (zebra mare crossed with donkey stallion).


The above examples of striped animals are just a sample. There are hundreds of animals with stripes out in the wild.

Stripes are generally believed to be a way for animals to hide and camouflage themselves from potential predators. This is just a hypothesis, but the fact that many creatures in both land and the sea have evolved with stripes means there must be an evolutionary benefit to stripes!

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