Friday, January 22, 2010

Siberian tiger facts

This is a larger list of the most interesting facts about the Siberian tigers on the internet.

-Male Siberian tiger can weigh up to 320 kilograms (850 pounds), and they are the biggest cats in the world.

-They are length from 3 to 3.5 meters (10 to 12 feet).

On an average, only 1 out of their 10 hunting attempts are successful.

-As per records, a tiger is known to have traveled more than 600 miles in search of food.

-Their height measures 3 to 3½ feet till the shoulders when in a standing position.

-Siberian tiger can jump as far as 23 feet.

-Siberian tigers need 20 pounds of meat for their daily diet.

-A full grown tiger can eat even 200 pounds of meat in a single day, and as much as 100 pounds at one sitting.

-They need to come within 30 to 80 feet distance of their prey in order to launch an attack.

-In case of a fight, they warn the intruders beforehand by rattling their tail.

-According to the National Geographic Website, Siberian Tigers are currently endangered, having a total of 300 to 400 individuals that form the stable, wild population.

-Some Siberian tigers live on areas being greater than 4000 square miles.

-Siberian tigers that live in the wild survive for as long as 15 years, but those in captivity have a smaller life span.

-During winter months, the fur can measure 21 inches long and 3,000 hairs per centimeter.

-A further unconfirmed report tells of a male tiger shot in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains in 1950 weighing 384.8 kg (846.6 lb) and measuring 3.48 m (11.5 ft).

-Depending on the type of tooth, the size can vary from > 1 inch to 3 inches (canine teeth are typically the longest).

-Like all other animals, a tiger's whiskers are senstive and are used in sensory perseption. A tiger's whiskers average around 6 inches (15 cm), and are around 1/8 inches (3.0 mm) thick at the base. Male whiskers are typically longer than female's.

-After a gestation period of three to three and a half months, three or four blind cubs are vorn is a sheltered den. they are nursed by their mother, who rarely leaves them. At about two weeks old their eyes open and their first teeth begin to grow.

-The cubs are less than a year old when they start to hunt for themselves. At two years old they can kill large prey, but they will not leave their mother until they are three to five years old.

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