Tiger: Habits, Diet and Other Facts
The tiger (Panthera tigris) is a mammal, carnivore and excellent predator. They represent the biggest cats in nature.
Today, tigers are found in the Asia region, but they were more widely distributed across the planet. However, with the increasing destruction of their habitats and intense hunting, they were restricted to some parts of the Asian continent.
Therefore, the tiger is a species in danger of extinction, which makes its populations increasingly small.
There are several subspecies of tigers, of which three have already become extinct, such as: bali tiger, java tiger and caspian tiger.
The best-known subspecies are as follows:
Habits and characteristics
- Tigers are excellent swimmers, which is not the case with other cats. They can swim great distances.
- They can also run at more than 60 km / h, especially when they are after a hunt.
- In traditional Chinese medicine, there are several uses of tiger body parts for some type of prescription. For example, it is believed that ingestion of the animal's eyeball can treat seizures.
- The saber-toothed tiger is an extinct feline species, however, it was not a subspecies of tiger. It belonged to the genus Smilodon and sub-family Machairodontinae.