table of contents
- 1 Are zebras black with white stripes or vice versa
- 2 A zebra is a beautiful creature with both white and black stripes.
- 3 frequently asked questions
Are zebras black with white stripes or vice versa
In zebra fur, the black and white stripes are not made up of different colored fabric – they have both colors in them.
The melanocytes cells produce pigment which makes all their hair either black or light brown, but it’s only when these particular cells are activated that a stripe turns to one color exclusively; this is why most zebras have dark skin beneath their fur as well!
There’s a common misconception that white zebras have black stripes, but in reality, they’re just as dark-skinned underneath. When an embryo develops and starts out with all the necessary genes for melanin production, it becomes very dark-skinned at first before lightening up into its final coloration of either brown or gray with time.
A zebra gets its iconic look when during embryonic development:
1) The animal already has all the right genetic components to produce pigment cells called melanocytes;
2) White fur is initially applied somewhere on their body – this can be anywhere from internal organs like lungs and intestines to external areas such as face markings around eyes (eyeliner), chest patches/stripes, belly spots, etc.;
A zebra is a beautiful creature with both white and black stripes.
The reason for the alternating colors on their backside is not fully understood, but some theories have emerged that provide an explanation as to why zebras might be so different from one another in this way.
A Zebra’s Patterned Fur Might Be Related To Its Place Of Birth:
One theory states that there may be something about a region or habitat of Africa where certain zebras live which makes them grow up with either more dark or light pigmentations than others living elsewhere.
such regions could include places like Kenya, Tanzania, and Namibia where nutrition levels vary widely throughout these areas due to differences in rainfall patterns while growing crops.