Bengal Tiger Facts
Five groups that classify all living things
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
A group of animals within a pylum
A group of animals within a class
A group of animals within an order
A group of animals within a family
The name of the animal in science
|Panthera Tigris Tigris|
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
|2.4m - 3.3m (6.8ft - 11ft)|
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
|140kg - 300kg (309lbs - 660lbs)|
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
How long the animal lives for
|18 - 25 years|
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
|Orange, Black, White|
The protective layer of the animal
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
|Dense tropical forest and mangroves|
|Average Litter Size:|
The average number of babies born at once
The food that the animal gains energy from
|Deer, Cattle, Wild Boar|
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Characteristics unique to this animal
|Striped fur and large body size|
Bengal Tiger Location
Map of Asia
The Bengal tiger (also known as the Royal Bengal tiger) is a subspecies of tiger, found across the Indian subcontinent. The Bengal tiger is the national animal of Bangladesh and is considered to be the second largest tiger in the world.
The Bengal tiger is the most numerous species of tiger in Asia and is found in dense forests and mangrove swamps and jungles throughout India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, although the Bengal tiger's range today is much smaller than it once was.
The Bengal tiger is considered to be the second largest species of tiger, although recent reports suggest that the Bengal tiger is on average, larger than the Siberian tiger. The Bengal tiger has a yellow or light orange coat, with black or dark brown stripes and a white belly.
The white tiger is a Bengal tiger that has mutated genes, meaning that it is white in colour with black stripes. Black tigers are known to have black fur with lighter coloured stripes but are even rarer than the white tiger.
The Bengal tiger is a dominant and carnivorous predator, hunting its prey by stalking it until the Bengal tiger has the opportunity to catch it off guard. Bengal tigers primarily hunt larger mammals including deer, wild boar, cattle and goats.
After a gestation period of 3 to 4 months, the female Bengal tiger gives birth to up to 5 cubs. Newborn Bengal tiger cubs weigh about 1 kg (2 lb) and are blind and helpless. The mother feeds them milk for about 2 months and then the Bengal tiger cubs are introduced to meat. Bengal tiger cubs depend on their mother for the first 18 months and then they start hunting on their own.
Today, due to habitat loss caused by deforestation, and hunting by human poachers, the Bengal tiger is considered to be an endangered species. Despite being the most common of all the tiger species, there are thought to be around 2,000 Bengal tigers left in the wild.
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Bengal Tiger Translations
Königstiger, Bengalischer Tiger
Tigre de Bengala
Tigre du Bengale
Tigre de Bengala
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First Published: 27th May 2010, Last Updated: 31st January 2020
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