Bengal - Page 1&2:
In The Wild | 3:
In Captivity | 4:
Subspecies Description | 5:
Weight & Length Figures |
The Bengal tiger coat (or pelage):
At an average length of 10 feet the Bengal is next in size to the Amur tiger (Siberian). The size difference between the two subspecies is not as much as normally thought, but the Amur has a massive coat which adds to the impression that it is much larger.
Bengal tigers have short reddish-orange fur crossed with narrow brown, gray or black stripes, predominantly in a vertical direction.
Bengal tiger coat colour variations:
Variations on the standard colouring occur occasionally; these only appear in the Bengal subspecies.
The best-known Bengal variant is the white tiger, but golden tabby and black colours can also occur, though very infrequently. The three main colourations may occur in the same litter.
White tigers usually have blue eyes, a pink nose and white coats, striped with a darker colour.
These tigers are not albinos as the coloured lips, paw pads and stripes are due to pigment. An albino, of any animal type, has no pigment at all. The easiest way of confirming albinism is to look at eye colouring, which, in an albino, is often pink (though a little-known fact is that it may be blue).
Though occasional claims have been made of white Amur tigers being sighted, there is no evidence to back these up. On top of this, none have occurred in captivity, despite there being more of the Amur subspecies in zoos than remain in the wild.
More information on the various tiger colours can be found off the main menu.
Life span for the Bengal subspecies:
The Bengal can live as long as 15 years in the wild, but within captivity they usually live slightly longer, reaching 16-18 years of age.
With Thanks To Emmanuel Keller (Photo 1)