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Tigers by Megan M. age 10
There are five different tiger's in the world. They are called Indochinese
Tigers, South China Tiger, Amur or Siberian Tiger, Sumatran Tiger, and Bengal
Tiger. Indochinese Tigers are smaller than Bengal tigers, with shorter, narrower
stripes. Males average 9 feet from head to tail and weigh about 400 pounds.
Females are smaller, about 8 feet long and weigh about 250 pounds. They eat
wild pig, wild deer, and wild cattle. South China Tigers are found in central
and eastern China. The male measures about 8 feet and weighs about 330 pounds.
The female is about 7 1/2 feet long and weighs approximately 240 pounds.
The Amur or Siberian Tiger lives in the woodlands of eastern Russia. Males
are known to be as large as 10 feet 9 inches long and weigh up to 600 pounds.
Females are around 8 1/2 feet long and weigh as much as 370 pounds. The Sumatran
Tiger is the smallest of the tiger subspecies. Males are found at average
of 8 feet and weigh about 264 pounds. Females are about 7 feet long and weigh
about 198 pounds. Bengal Tigers live in a wide range of habitats. Male Bengal
tigers are about 9 1/2 feet from head to tail and weigh around 480 pounds.
Females are smaller, about 8 feet and weigh 300 pounds. There are other Bengal
tigers called White tigers which are simply a color variant. They are rarely
found in the wild.
A tiger's behavior is different from human behavior. Unlike some big cats
like lions, adult tigers like to live alone. Except for mother tigers with
cubs. The average litter of a tiger is two to three cubs, the largest is
five. One usually dies at birth. Tiger cubs are born blind and weigh only
about two to three pounds, depending on the subspecies. Tigers prey on wild
pig, wild deer, and wild cattle. They eat about ten pounds of meat a day
and as much as forty pounds at one time. There territory size depends on
the amount of food available, and usually ranges from about 10 to 30 square
miles. Siberian tigers sometimes have really big territories, and have been
known to be as big as 120 square miles.
Megan M. is a Kid's Korner's staff writer. If you would like to write Megan
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