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Where do Bengal tigers live?

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The Bengal tiger is named after the Indian province of Bengal and is primarily found in India. Its range also includes China, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar.

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A Bengal tiger habitat is quite varied. Bengal tigers can be found in the tropical rainforests of southern India, as well as mangrove swamps, open grassland and drier forests or scrub land. Despite this adaptability, they are considered endangered throughout their entire range due to encroachment by humans and poaching. Tiger body parts are considered medicinal in Chinese herbal medicine, and their skins are highly valued for their unique color and pattern. The unique tiger stripe pattern is used as camouflage for the tiger's preferred habitat of shady woodlands and tall grass.

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    How long do Bengal tigers live?

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    According to National Geographic, Bengal tigers have an average lifespan of eight to 10 years in the wild. In captivity they have a lifespan of up to 18 years.

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    What are some basic facts about Bengal tigers?

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    Bengal tigers are mammals with a carnivorous diet, primarily eating large mammals such as wild deer, pigs and buffalo. This species can eat as much as 60 pounds of food in one night if they are really hungry. Bengal tigers catch their food using their coats to blend in with their surroundings, and they wait patiently and creep up slowly to their prey.

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    Do Bengal tigers have enemies?

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    Bengal tigers do not have natural enemies. These tigers are among the largest and strongest in the world, allowing them to dominate the food chain without any predators.

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    How do Bengal tigers move?

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    Despite their large size of up to 550 pounds, Bengal tigers move gracefully due to their powerful leg and shoulder muscles. Because their hind legs are longer than their front legs, they are able to leap upon their prey. They have the ability to swim as well as run. While hunting, they cover great distances in search of prey.

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