Tigers are camouflage animals because their striped fur blends in with their natural habitat, making it easier to stalk and ambush prey. Dark stripes on pale fur break up their outline as they lie in wait for their prey.
Currently there are six subspecies of tigers. Each one lives in a different habitat. These different subspecies are found in small regions of Russia, India and Asia.
The Amur tiger, also known as the Siberian tiger, is the largest of the subspecies. Their coats are the palest orange and they have the fewest stripes. This helps them to blend in with their snow-covered habitat. Their coats grow longer and thicker than that of other tiger subspecies, and they develop a layer of fat to insulate them against the cold.
The Sumatran tiger is the smallest of the subspecies but they still grow to nearly 5 feet in length. Their orange coats are darker than the other subspecies, which helps them blend in better with their dark jungle habitat. The sides of a Sumatran tiger's face have longer fur than other tigers, most likely to help protect it against jungle plants.
Tigers can be orange with black stripes, black with tan stripes, white and tan or all white. True albino tigers have pink eyes.