White Tigers

Introduction

White tigers are very rare and can only really be seen in zoos. There are somewhere between 30-90 white tigers in US today. White tigers are not a different species of tiger, they are just white-colored Bengal tigers. They are not albino either, they have blue eyes, a pink nose, and creamy white fur with black/brown stripes. White tigers are rare because they only occur when two tigers mate and both carry the gene for white coloring. Males grow to be about 105-125 inches in length, while females grow to about 95-105 inches long. A tiger's tail alone is 3 to 4 feet long. Male tigers weigh anywhere from 419-569 pounds. Females weigh slightly less, between 221-353 pounds.

Habitat & Range

Tigers usually stay in an area from about 10 to 30 square miles where there is enough prey, cover/shelter and water to support them. Territory really depends on the amount of prey that is available. The more concentrated the prey the smaller an area a tiger needs to survive.

Life span

White tigers in the wild live to be about 10 to 15 years while tigers in zoos usually live between 16 and 20 years.

Diet Tigers do not hunt in social groups like lions. They are generally solitary animals. In the wild, tigers will eat pig, cattle and deer. They can eat as much as 40 pounds of meat at one time! After such a big meal a tiger will not eat again for several days. White Tigers have 30 large teeth ranging from 2.5 to 3 inches.

Caring for Young

Tigers are generally solitary animals, except when caring for their young. Tigers keep their young with them for 2 or 3 years until the young tigers can fend for themselves.

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