Bengal Tiger

By Keitreice Kirksey
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Bengal Tiger: Panthera Tigris Tigris

Bengal Tiger Environment

The Bengal Tiger lives in wet and dry deciduous forest, grasslands and temperate forest, and mangroves of the Sundarbans: shared between Bangladesh and India.

Geographic Distribution

Bengal Tigers can be found primarily in India. Fewer are found in areas of Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Burma.

Look Today

Male Bengal Tigers: Can grow to be 10ft long and 500lbs.

Female Bengal Tigers: Can grow to be 9ft long and 300lbs.

The Bengal tiger can get up to 3ft tall. They are typically orange with black, gray or brown stripes in a vertical direction, their stomachs and behind their ears usually are white; a rare type of Bengal Tiger has milky white fur with darker stripes and icy blue eyes.

The look of Bengal Tigers have not changed in centuries.

Adaptions

The stripes of a Bengal Tiger are its great advantage. Tigers mostly go out to seek prey at dusk and dawn so the dark stripes mimic shadows of the grass and tiger blends in.

Fitness

Bengal Tigers have up to 4 offspring. Rarely mutations can cause the fur to change into a black or white coat, but this does not create a subspecies it is just a mutation. Although the Bengal Tiger can be thought of as a subspecies hence its name Panthera(panther, leopard) Tigris Tigris(tiger). Bengal Tigers are carnivores and they will and can eat everything in its path when hungry, even other tigers.

Struggle for Existence.

Bengal Tigers are fit for their environment its just that the sea levels are rising up and the have to migrate closer up on the continents, but as this is happening it is making it easier for humans to kill some of them, also the demand in some places is going up for the pelt of these tigers so hunters go after them and kill them.

Natural Selection

The Bengal Tiger goes through natural selection, for example if a tiger had more stripes they would most likely be able to hide better from prey and catch its victims, but if a tiger with less stripes would be seen better and the prey could get away leaving the tiger hungry.

Homologous Structures

The tiger has the same homologous structured forelimb as a whale, seal, and human. Also the neck of a human and tiger are homologous.

50 years from now

I predict that 50 the Bengal tiger will look the same except form webbed feet to walk on the wetlands and form different eating habit because the type of foods they eat are also fading away with them. The sea levels rising will cause the tiger to form different adaptions or just migrate to more dry hotter land. The ones with more fur will probally have a higher chance to survive as it gets colder and the water gets higher.

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