the TIGER

Scientific Name

Panthera Tigris

Physical Attributes

Tigers can be 4-10 feet long and weigh between 220-660 pounds depending on their subspecies and gender. Their coat of reddish-orange with dark stripes, distinguishes them from other cats, and no two tigers have the same pattern of stripes. Finally, tigers' hind legs are longer than their front legs, which enables them to leap forward distances of up to 33 feet.

Lifespan

Have been known to reach the age of 26 in both the wild and in captivity.

Native Location/Habitat

Tigers can be found in tropical rainforests, evergreen forests, mangrove swamps, grasslands, savannas, and temperate forests in India, Nepal, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, China, Sumatra, Siberia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Bhutan, and Bangladesh.

Conservation Status

Endangered (about 4,000 total)

Similar Species

There are five subspecies of Tiger: Bengal, South China, Indochinese, Sumatran, and Siberian. Three other subspecies of tiger — Caspian, Bali, and Javan — are extinct. Also see Liger and Tigon.

Pictures of Tigers, No Two Have The Same Pattern