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Our Standard Bengal Tigers

DESCRIPTION

The Bengal tiger’s coat is yellow to light orange, with stripes ranging from dark brown to black; the belly and the interior parts of the limbs are white, and the tail is orange with black rings.

Male Bengal tigers have an average total length of 270 to 310 cm (110 to 120 in) including the tail, while females measure 240 to 265 cm (94 to 104 in) on average.

The tail is typically 85 to 110 cm (33 to 43 in) long, and on average, tigers are 90 to 110 cm (35 to 43 in) in height at the shoulders.

The average weight of males is 221.2 kg (488 lb), while that of females is 139.7 kg (308 lb).

HABITAT

In the Indian subcontinent, tigers inhabit tropical moist evergreen forests, tropical dry forests, tropical and subtropical moist deciduous forests, mangroves, subtropical and temperate upland forests, and alluvial grasslands.

The best examples of this habitat type are limitated to a few blocks at the base of the outer foothills of the Himalayas.

DIET

Tigers are carnivores. They prefer hunting large ungulates such as chital, sambar, gaur, and to a lesser extent also barasingha, water buffalo, nilgai, serow and takin.

Among the medium-sized prey species they frequently kill are wild boar, and occasionally hog deer, muntjac and Gray langur.

Small prey species such as porcupines, hares and peafowl form a very small part in their diet. Due to the encroachment of humans into their habitat, they also prey on domestic livestock.

Bengal tigers have been known to take other predators, such as leopards, wolves, jackals, foxes, crocodiles, Asiatic black bears, sloth bears, and dholes as prey, although these predators are not typically a part of their diet.

If injured, old or weak, or their normal prey is becoming scarce, they may even attack humans and become man-eaters.

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CONSERVATION STATUS

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