10 Animals with Stripes (Complete List With Pictures!)

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Written by Angie Menjivar

Updated: July 28, 2023

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10 Animals with Stripes
Stripes help to camouflage animals in their environments.

Humans love stripes so much, they use them in interior décor, fashion, and architecture. Sometimes, they even use specific animal prints, further spreading the uniqueness of wildlife throughout the world for more to see. Discover 10 animals with stripes and learn why some animals have them and others don’t!

1. Tiger

Scientific name: Panthera tigris

Tiger - Franklin Park Zoo

Tigers have black stripes that travel down their orange-ish coats.

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Although there are multiple subspecies found throughout the world, all tigers fall under the same primary species. These cats are the largest of all the big cats and are easily recognized by the black stripes that travel down their orange-reddish coats. Their bellies are white and their markings, though similar on each tiger, are never the same.

2. Plains Zebra

Scientific name: Equus quagga

common zebra or Burchell's zebra

Zebra stripes are different for each zebra.

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The plains zebra is the most common of the three zebra species. It’s distinguished by the black and white striped patterns throughout its body. The stripes don’t just go in one direction. While some travel down their bodies, others veer left and right, creating a unique pattern all their own. Like tigers, no two zebras look exactly the same.

3. Striped Hyena

Scientific name: Hyaena hyaena

Indian striped hyena

Striped hyenas are one of the top 10 animals with stripes.

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Striped hyenas have stocky builds on long legs. Their torsos are short compared to their legs and they have black stripes on their coats. Their coat color differs and may be gray, brown, or more of a golden yellow. However, their ears and muzzles are always black, matching their stripes. They are smaller than their counterparts, the spotted hyenas.

4. Coral Snake

Scientific name: Elapidae

The fangs of the Eastern Coral Snake are small and do not fold back into its mouth when its mouth is closed.

Coral snakes can have yellow, black, or red stripes.

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Coral snakes are bright, and their stripes connect to form rings. They may be yellow, black, or red and their heads have a yellow band just behind their black snouts. These are dangerously venomous and from the side, appear striped. Sometimes the rings connect all the way around, but not always!

5. Wild Cat

Scientific name: Felis silvestris

European wildcat sitting on a limb

Wildcats are one of the top animals with stripes.

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Wild cats are small cats that live in both Africa and Eurasia. There are a couple of subspecies that fall under the primary species. Some closely resemble domesticated cats with soft, short fur. They are usually a greyish or brownish color and have distinctive stripes on their bodies followed by a bushy tail.

6. Zebra Spider

Scientific name: Salticus scenicus

Salticus scenicus (Salticidae)

Zebra spiders have 3-4 white stripes on their tiny bodies.

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Zebra spiders are tiny, reaching only up to seven millimeters in length, with the males a bit shorter than the females. On their abdomens, there are typically three (maybe four) white stripes. The stripes closer to their abdomen are solid whereas the stripes in the center are apart, showing the black base color in between.  

7. Four-Striped Grass Mouse

Scientific name: Rhabdomys pumilio

Four-striped grass mouse

Four-striped grass mouse has four stripes running down its back.

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Sometimes, it’s all in the name! The four-striped grass mouse has exactly four stripes that run down its back. The colors of the stripes vary. Some are darker brown while others are a bit lighter, incorporating both gray and white. The mouse’s belly is also lighter, and the rest of its body is a grizzled brownish color.

8. Eastern Chipmunk

Scientific name: Tamias striatus

baby eastern chipmunk

Eastern chipmunks are one of the top animals with stripes.

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Eastern chipmunks have five stripes that go down their backs. They’re usually black or dark brown. The rest of their fur is kind of reddish-brown, but their bellies are lighter, more of a creamy white color. Their tails are darker than their bodies but not by much.

9. Striped Marlin

Scientific name: Kajikia audax

Striped-Marlin Mexico Baja California, Mexico

Striped marlins have stripes on top of their bodies.

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Striped marlins live in the sea and are distinguished by their pointed, protruding jaws. The stripes on their bodies contrast with their elongated jaws, showing up vertically on the sides of their bodies. These stripes are light blue, and each marlin has between 12 to 20 stripes on each side. On the tops of their bodies, striped marlins are kind of a purplish blue and their sides are white and silvery.

10. Striped Skunk

Scientific name: Mephitis mephitis

Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)

Skunks are distinctive in their stripes and smell.

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With striped skunks, the colorations are easy to detect. They’re black all over except for two distinctive stripes that run along their backs and onto their tails. There’s a final stripe on the center of the skunk’s head — it’s white and small, aligned between the eyes.  

Why Do Some Animals Have Stripes?

Generally, it’s understood that animals have stripes because they benefit them in some way. For instance, stripes can help animals camouflage within their natural environment to hide from predators or sneakily ambush prey. This is true for other types of markings as well, like spots and splotches.

Plains zebras stand out in their environments, so there is another reason why they have those black and white stripes. Scientists have been wondering about this for over 100 years and have come up with some answers. Flies don’t land on striped surfaces and the white and black contrast helps with thermoregulation.

Summary of 10 Animals with Stripes

Striped AnimalFun Fact
1TigerThey are the largest of the big cats
2ZebraZebras’ stripes don’t go in just one direction
3Striped HyenaThey are smaller than spotted hyenas
4Coral SnakeHighly venomous – their stripes don’t always meet
5Wild CatWild Cats aren’t much larger than domestic cats
6Zebra SpiderThese tiny spiders only have three or four stripes
7Four-Striped Grass MouseGrass mice are active mornings and late afternoons and rest during the mid-day heat
8Eastern ChipmunkThese striped cuties have large cheek pouches that they use to transport nuts to their burrows
9Striped MarlinMarlins can have up to 20 stripes
10Striped SkunkStriped skunks have a slender stripe between their eyes


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Angie Menjivar is a writer at A-Z-Animals primarily covering pets, wildlife, and the human spirit. She has 14 years of experience, holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology, and continues her studies into human behavior, working as a copywriter in the mental health space. She resides in North Carolina, where she's fallen in love with thunderstorms and uses them as an excuse to get extra cuddles from her three cats.

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