Tigers of any color are top-end predators, but white tigers are rare outside of zoos. A white tiger is a variation of a Bengal tiger, according to Southwick's Zoo. The white fur is associated with a weakened immune system and other genetic problems.Continue Reading
White tigers are not albino. A white tiger's unusual color is caused by a recessive gene that suppresses expression of the pigment pheomelanin; and, that pigment is normally responsible for red and yellow coloring. Some white tigers also carry a gene that makes their stripes very pale.
White tigers share an enzyme with Siamese cats and Himalayan rabbits that causes their fur to darken in response to cold. White tigers bred in captivity often have crossed eyes, crooked backbones, kidney problems and reduced fertility as the result of inbreeding.Learn more about Large Cats
Tigers reproduce by first reaching sexual maturity, waiting for the female to enter the estrus cycle, allowing the courtship process to begin and then finally mating with one another. Most tiger births involve three to four cubs and the mother protects her young cubs until they are approximately 2 1/2 years, reports Defenders of Wildlife.Full Answer >
Tigers are carnivorous animals that eat a wide range of animals depending on the habitat of the tigers and the availability of food. Often this means that tigers feed on deer and buffalo or even snakes.Full Answer >
Tigers, like most mammals, utilize their lungs to respire gaseous oxygen from the atmosphere using diaphragm muscles to inhale and exhale. Tigers rarely use their sense of smell for hunting; their olfactory senses are used to scent-mark territory and for mating. The feline leukemia virus is a common ailment among tigers that causes respiratory problems.Full Answer >
Tigers are the largest class of felines in the world, but as of 2015, they are an endangered species with a population of only about 3,200 worldwide. A tiger's life span is typically between 14 to 18 years.Full Answer >