Tigers are an endangered species. Find out more about these carnivores, how they live, hunt and nurture their cubs. Enjoy the wide range of interesting tiger facts.
- Tigers are carnivores. They eat pigs, deer, rhinoceroses, and even small elephants.
- The scientific name for the tiger is Panthera tigris.
- Tigers live on the continent of Asia in grasslands, forest and swamps.
- There are five subspecies of tiger: Bengal, South China, Indochinese, Sumatran, and Siberian.
- A tiger can live to be 26 years old, of course in captivity. The life span of tigers in the wild is thought to be about 10 years.
- Tigers weighs up to 720 pounds (363 kilograms), stretches 6 feet (2 meters) long, and has a 3 foot (1 meter) long tail.
- Tigers consume about 12 pounds (5 kilograms) during a meal.
- Tigers love water and can swim up to 6 kilometers.
- A female tiger may have from one to six cubs in a litter.
- Tiger cubs are born blind and weigh only about 2 to 3 pounds (1 kg), they live on milk for 6-8 weeks.
- The tiger cubs generally stay with their mothers until they’re at least two years old.
- A tiger’s paw prints are called pug marks.
- Tigers mark their territories by spraying bushes and trees with a special mixture of urine.
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