A list of my favorite images of Bengal tigers.
The Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is the most numerous of the tiger subspecies. The tiger is the national animal of both India and Bangladesh.
An example of charismatic megafauna, the Bengal tiger is the most familiar tiger subspecies, as well as the largest in the wilderness, ranking with the Caspian and Siberian tigers among the biggest cats that ever lived.
The Bengal tiger's coat is yellow to light orange, with stripes ranging from dark brown to black; the belly and the interior parts of the limbs are white, and the tail is orange with black rings.
Male Bengal tigers have an average total length of 270 to 310 cm (110 to 120 in) including the tail, while females measure 240 to 265 cm (94 to 104 in) on average. The tail is typically 85 to 110 cm (33 to 43 in) long and, on average, tigers are 90 to 110 cm (35 to 43 in) in height at the shoulders.
The weight of males ranges from 180 to 258 kg (397 to 569 lb), while that of the females ranges from 100 to 160 kg (220 to 350 lb). The smallest recorded weights for Bengal tigers are from the Bangladesh Sundarbans, where adult females are 75 to 80 kg (165 to 176 lb).
Bengal tigers have exceptionally stout teeth, and the canines are the longest among all living felids; measuring from 7.5 to 10 cm (3.0 to 3.9 in) in length.The greatest length of this tiger's skull is 332 to 376 mm (13.1 to 14.8 in).
Tigers are carnivores. They prefer hunting large ungulates such as chital, sambar, gaur, and to a lesser extent also barasingha, water buffalo, nilgai, serow and takin. Among the medium-sized prey species they frequently kill wild boar and occasionally hog deer, muntjac and grey langur. Small prey species such as porcupines, hares and peafowl form a very small part in their diet. Because of the encroachment of humans into their habitat, they also prey on domestic livestock.
Since 2010, it is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. By 2010, tiger populations in India were estimated at 1,706–1,909. As of 2014, they had reputedly increased to an estimated 2,226 individuals. Tigers number around 440 in Bangladesh and 163–253 in Nepal. Prior censuses placed the tiger population in Bhutan at around 65–75 individuals. In 2015, it was estimated that 103 Bengal tigers were living in that country.
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