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Eight Fun and True Facts on Tigers

Updated on May 4, 2010

1. The tiger is one large cat – The tiger happens to be the biggest member of the cat family, with the Bengal tiger being the largest of the eight subspecies of tigers. The tiger is also the largest land mammal whose diet is exclusively meat based that exists today. 

2. The tiger has clean saliva – The tiger’s saliva happens to be antiseptic, allowing the tiger to easily disinfect its cuts and wounds. 

Bengal Tiger
Bengal Tiger

 

3. The tiger loves meat – On average, the tiger eats 30 to 40 pounds of meat per day, but has been known to eat up to 60 pounds of meat in just 24 hours. The tiger primarily eats wild boar, deer and wild cattle with the male tiger traveling up to 20 miles per night in search of its next meal.

4. The tiger has distinct fur – The tiger is known for it’s beautiful orange and black stripes. These stripes serve to camouflage the tiger in long grass and weeds, keeping it hidden from its prey until the final pounce. These stripes are also similar to the human fingerprint each tiger has a distinct pattern of stripes that allows conservationists to distinguish one tiger from another

5. The tiger has strong senses – The tiger’s most powerful sense is its hearing capabilities. Additionally, the tiger’s night vision is very developed – it is six times greater than a human’s night vision, allowing the tiger to keep watch, even in complete darkness.

6. The tiger has a paralyzing roar – The tiger’s roar can be heard up to 2 miles away and has the ability to rattle and paralyze its prey due to the very low sound frequencies produced.

7. The tiger maintains a large territory: The tiger’s territory can be as large as 100 square miles. To map out its territory, the tiger will urinate on surrounding foliage as well defecate in visible areas. Additionally, the tiger will create deep scratch marks on trees. The combination of these tactics warns other tigers that they are approaching another tiger's territory and also communicates to potential mates. 

8. The male tiger is quite the stud: The male tiger’s territory will usually overlap between one and seven females. Additionally, the male tiger is able to copulate as much as six times in just one hour!

Bengal Tiger
Bengal Tiger

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      Mohammad Mottakin 4 years ago from Dhaka Bangladesh

      I love tigers . I have gone through a book Man eaters of Sunderban which is a thrilling book written 50 years ago on the Royal Bengal Tigers.

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      alex 4 years ago

      i love tigers with all my heart and i can not live without them in my life. when i here that tigers are being killed it makes me cry. i can not stend to see them die.i realy want to to something about it. i will risk my life to save a tiger then to watch it be killed stand out for the poor tigers that are being killed right now.

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      Sa 5 years ago

      Ssedg

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      Jaan 5 years ago

      you are right samtheskillz

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      Jaan 5 years ago

      I love tigers their the best animail in the world. Like the best best animail in the wwwooorrrlllddd.So I am doing my speech on it.-_-$@#-_-

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      jaan 5 years ago

      blah blah blah I love tigers your comments are blaaaah

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      jaan 5 years ago

      I love tigers they are cute

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      emi 7 years ago

      the siberian tiger is the best and has intristhing facts

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      The Tam 7 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow, FLORIDA!

      OH I LOVE TIGERS!

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      ajm 8 years ago

      Siberian's the biggest :-)

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      emievil 8 years ago from Philippines

      Love the tiger. It's my favorite animal. And I've seen one (actually a lot of them) in a zoo in my country.

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      hannahz 8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks for your comments. No, I have never heard a tiger roar, but I sure would like to.

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      SamtotheSkillz 8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I saw a real tiger at the zoo once. PandaP, I would stay away from tigers if I were you as they would probably love to eat a delicious fluffy panda like yourself.

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      PandaP 8 years ago

      Have you ever seen a real tiger? Or heard one? 2 miles is a long distance to hear the roar. These are cool facts, thanks for posting.