Tigers are amazing animals. They are powerful, stealthy, and capable of destroying creatures larger than themselves. One of the coolest subspecies of these mammals is the Bengal tiger. Bengal tigers are a mix of awesomeness and fear. These massive felines have a lot of weight and power behind them. They are ferocious, yet surprisingly hard to spot when hidden. They are one of the largest types of tigers in the world. You can find plenty of reasons to enjoy reading about these remarkable felines, but we’ve narrowed the list down to 10 incredible Bengal tiger facts.
10. The Bengal Tiger Weighs Nearly 600 Pounds
The Bengal tiger is huge. They can weigh up to 600 pounds or slightly heavier and can also be over 9 feet long, standing up to 3.6 feet tall. These are very large felines, and the scary thing is they aren’t even the biggest tigers in the world! This title belongs to the Siberian tiger.
Most of these tigers weigh around 400 pounds on average, but the fact that they can grow so large is a testament to their deadly potential.
9. Their canine teeth are the longest of any cat
No other cat has larger canine teeth than the Bengal tiger. Their huge teeth are 4 inches long. These teeth are used as part of an ambush attack, and they can instantly kill a creature by piercing through the correct area of the creature. Of course, their teeth aren’t the only thing you need to worry about. Their strength, weight and claw size can completely overwhelm their prey.
8. Most Bengal tigers come from India
Bengal tigers are no longer ordinary animals. Although around 100,000 of them are believed to have once lived in the Indian subcontinent, their numbers have declined and tigers are now endangered. Despite this, it is believed that about three-quarters of all surviving true Bengal tigers live in this country. Sadly, these animals need a lot of space to thrive, and their territories are dwindling as human settlements expand.
7. Though endangered, Bengal tiger populations are increasing
At the last tiger census in 2018, there were about 3,000 Bengal tigers living in India. However, this figure represents an increase in the number of Bengal tigers in the country since the last census. In just four years, their numbers have grown from 2,200 to nearly 3,000.
6. Bengal tigers are ferocious ambush predators
The Bengal tiger, like other members of its kind, possesses incredible strength and precise strikes. Their preferred method of attack is to sneak up on the side or back of their prey and pounce on them.
They quickly snap down the creature’s throat or neck, sinking their huge teeth into these vulnerable areas. Just a single bite can kill prey, but tigers often take one bite and then snap their neck with a violent flick of the head.
5. Bengal tigers can eat over 88 pounds of meat in one sitting
Bengal tigers have a feast or famine lifestyle. The creature has either eaten a large meal or is starving for food. Therefore, it is not uncommon for them to eat large amounts of meat at a time in order to survive. After a successful hunt, they can consume 40 to 88 pounds of meat.
4. Bengals swimmer
As many of you know, small cats are not the biggest fans of water. However, Bengal tigers love water. They are willing to follow their prey into rivers or swim across lakes to new areas. The most interesting thing is that tigers don’t get tired easily. They can swim 3 to 4 miles before needing to reach land.
3. The Bengal tiger can reach speeds of up to 40 mph
Part of the reason Bengal tigers are such deadly hunters is that they move so fast. When they get close to their prey, they turn on their metaphorical afterburner and slam into their prey at 40 mph and bring them to the ground. The Bengals can only maintain that pace for a short time, though. They are definitely sprinters, not distance runners.
2. Bengal tigers can conquer vast territories
Bengal tigers are solitary animals and like to have their own large territory. They may overlap territories for breeding opportunities. However, the Bengal tiger’s range can be as large as 12 square miles. They like their range, but these tigers can migrate great distances, sometimes going outwards.
1. A single Bengal tiger killed 436 people in 4 years
From 1904 to 1907, a single Bengal tiger, later known as the Champawat Tiger, carried out a mass kill. During the animal’s reign of terror, it managed to kill 436 people, sometimes several at a time.
The animal killed about 200 people in Nepal before being driven away. Unfortunately, the animal just changed places and went to India. There, it cordoned off the Kumaron district and hunted people, sometimes at noon. People are afraid to leave their homes, especially when the attack spreads more than 20 miles overnight.
Eventually, a hunter was hired to neutralize the threat, though he nearly died in the process. It was later discovered that the tiger had a broken canine tooth. Some have speculated that the animal realized it couldn’t hunt its typical prey, so it turned to an easier target: humans.
The Bengal tiger has long been one of the deadliest cannibals of all large mammals. It’s unfortunate, but it’s sure to be one of the 10 incredible Bengal tiger facts you know by now. Those aren’t all the most interesting facts about this breed of tiger, though. You can of course find out more interesting facts about these creatures at the zoo or by reading more about them!
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