Tigers are undoutedly the biggest cats in the world whether it comes to length, body size or their weights. The core question still remains how much maximum they can grow? This is a big question mark. But normally they usually gain a weight of around 900 to 1200 pounds. This is very normal for a liger to gain a weight of that much. On the other hand ligerworld.com has also witnessed some ligers that weighed less than 900 pounds as well. Hercules which is the most famous liger in the world in the current era weighs more than 900 pounds.

Despite the aforementioned numbers, tigers are long and lean. The average head and body length of an adult Siberian tiger is approximately 10.75 feet. The adult male tiger’s lithe body can measure as long as 3.7 meters, or 12 feet. Female Siberian tigers grow to 2.4 meters, or nearly 8 feet, in length. The tail length of ranges between two and three feet, and the tiger stands roughly 3.5 feet tall at the shoulder. For comparison, the Sumatran tiger is just over half of the size of the average Siberian tiger.

However, tigers do have smaller species as well, for example Bengal tiger, Sumatran tiger etc. Therefore, the weights of the tigers vary according to the species. In the above example the weight of the Siberian tigers are specifically considered. A Bengal tiger at maximum gains a weight of nearly 500 pounds. The Asiatic male lion weighs also less than male African lion. The Asiatic lion weighs 450 pounds. The fourth biggest cat on earth is Jaguar. Jaguar looks more familiar to Leopard but it weighs twice bigger than the Leopards. But ligers are truely the biggest and ultimate cat in the world.

Cline Morphology Of A Tiger

Four out the five living tiger subspecies’ morphology (physical structure and appearance) exhibit a cline. A cline occurs when a single species gradually begins to look different over its geographic distribution as it adapts to varying climates and habitats. Therefore the species at the northern end of their geographic distribution may look very different in size, color, hair-density, etc. than their southern counterparts. The Tiger cline depicts subspecies decrease in size and have darker stripe coloration the further south their range extends.

The largest tigers are found in the north, gradually becoming smaller in the south.

  • Adult male Amur tigers (Panthera tigris altaica) may weigh up to 300 kg. (660 lbs.) and measure about 3.3 m. (10.9 ft) in length. Females are smaller, weighing between 100 to 167 kg (200 to 370 lbs.) and measure about 2.6 meters (8.5 ft) in length.
  • Adult male Bengal tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) weigh about 220 kg (480 lbs.) and measure about 2.9 m (9.5 ft) in length. Females are slightly smaller with an average weight of 140 kg (300 lbs.) and 2.5 m (8 ft) in length.
  • The South China tiger (Panthera tigris amoyensis) are native to South Central China. Males weigh about 150 kg (330 lbs.) and are about 2.5 m (8 ft) in length. Females weigh are smaller, weighing about 110 kg (240 lbs.) and are about 2.3 m (7.5 ft) in length.
  • Adult male Indo-Chinese tigers (Panthera tigris corbetti) may weigh up to 182 kg (400 lbs.) and measure about 2.8 m (9ft) in length. Females are smaller, weighing about 115 kg (250 lbs.) and measure about 2.4 meters (8 ft) in length.
  • Adult male Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae) may weigh up to 120 kg (265 lbs.) and measure about 2.4 m (8 ft) in length. Females are slightly smaller, weighing about 90 kg (198 lbs.) and measure about 2.2 m (7 ft) in length.

How Much Does a Tiger Weigh

If you have ever fantasized about a tiger purring away on your lap on a cold winter’s evening, this figure will be sobering as you ponder the consequence of being squashed. As the largest of the tigers, the average weight for an adult Siberian tiger is approximately 660 pounds. A male Siberian tiger can weigh in as high as 423 kilograms, or 933 pounds. Females, although considerably lighter, can tip the scales at 168 kilograms, or 370 pounds. That is a massive jump from the 1.7 to 3.5-pound weight of a newborn Siberian tiger cub.

  • The normal weight of an adult tiger ranges from 65 to 310 kg.
  • The tiger weight in pounds ranges from 143 to 683 pounds.

Weights Of Various Tigers

  • Bengal – 600 pounds (272 kg)
  • Siberian – 500 pounds (226 kg)
  • Indochinese – 400 (181 kg)
  • Malayan – 200 (90 kg)
  • South China – 400 (181 kg)
  • Sumatran – 310 pounds (140 kg)

General Features Of A Tiger:

Tigers are known for their dark vertical stripes on orange-brown fur with a lighter underside. Their coloring and marking depend on the subspecies and the tiger’s location. While many of the large continental tigers have pale orange fur with few stripes, the smaller Sunda tigers have dark, thickly striped fur. Tigers can also be black with tan stripes, all white (albino), or white and tan. In some zoos, there may be “white tigers.” These tigers are not albino but rather the white-and-tan color variation with blue eyes. True albinos are very rare and have pink eyes, according to the San Diego Zoo.

Each tiger’s markings are unique. Their stripes are as individual as fingerprints are for humans. Most tigers have over 100 stripes. In the wild, a tiger’s stripes are important for survival. They act as camouflage, appearing as moving shadows in long grass and in trees. This helps with hunting prey.

Tiger Hair & Coloration

The hair of the tiger provides camouflage, warmth and protection for them. Tigers possess two types of hair, guard hair and underfur. The guard hairs are longer and more durable than the underfur and mainly function for protection purposes. The primary function of the tiger’s hair is for warmth. The underfur traps air which insulates the tiger’s body thereby keeping it warm. Tigers are the only large cat species to have distinctive striping located on both the hair and skin of the tiger.

Many tigers possess stripes on their face, sides, legs and stomach. The striping is varied in width, length, whether they are single or double-looped, coloration from a light brown to dark black and are not symmetrical from one side of the tiger to the other. The stripe patterning on top of the tiger’s head resembles the Chinese character of “wang” which means “king.”

Tiger Background Coloration:

  • Many tigers possess the light yellow-orange to deep reddish-orange background coloration.
  • Black or melanistic colored tigers have been reported but further research is required before assessing whether these sightings were of true melanistic tigers or darker versions of the orange tiger (with few large broad dark stripes).
  • Tigers with white background coloration are not considered albinos. An albino would be pure white in color (no striping) and would have pink or red eyes. White tigers are leucocystic meaning that they have a recessive gene that causes them to lack dark colors. Therefore they usually have a white color with light to medium brown striping and blue eyes. For unknown reasons, white tigers seem to grow bigger and at a faster rate than their orange counterparts.

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