Tigers gestate for 103 days before the mother gives birth. Female tigers usually have a litter of four to six cubs that stay with the mother for about two and a half years.Know More
A female tiger in heat leaves “messages” by urinating on trees to let males know she is ready to mate. A male and female make loud moaning calls to find each other for breeding.
A female can have a litter of cubs about every two years. In the wild, a mother tiger cannot kill enough prey to feed all her cubs, so only two usually survive out of a litter.
At around 8 weeks of age, cubs follow the mother out of the den. They join her in hunting and are ready to learn how to kill large prey when they are 6 months old.Learn more about Large Cats
Tigers grow up to 3.5 feet tall at the shoulder, and the largest, Siberian tigers, weigh over 675 pounds. Male Siberian tigers are bigger than their female counterparts as well as Sumatran tigers, which only grow to be about 310 pounds. A Siberian tiger's body can reach over 11 feet.Full Answer >
Tigers do not hibernate. However, they spend much of their time sleeping. They can clock up to 16 hours of sleep per day, meaning they can spend about 66 percent of their time asleep.Full Answer >
Tigers can move very quickly and quietly, and being talented hunters, they can leap 15 feet in just one go. They are also very good at swimming, although they aren't very apt at climbing.Full Answer >
Tigers, like most mammals, utilize their lungs to respire gaseous oxygen from the atmosphere using diaphragm muscles to inhale and exhale. Tigers rarely use their sense of smell for hunting; their olfactory senses are used to scent-mark territory and for mating. The feline leukemia virus is a common ailment among tigers that causes respiratory problems.Full Answer >