Siberian Tiger Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

There are many different kinds of big cats on Earth. This lesson will teach you about the Siberian tiger, where it lives, what it eats and some cool facts about this big, powerful cat.

What Is a Siberian Tiger?

Imagine you are walking through a thick, shady forest. It's hard to see very far, but suddenly you hear a loud roar. It's time to get out of there before you become a snack! You've just met a Siberian tiger!

A Siberian tiger is the largest wild cat on Earth and lives in forests. It is also known as the Amur tiger. These tigers can grow to be about 660 pounds! That's more than three newborn elephants put together!

Siberian tigers are mammals, which means they feed their babies milk, are mostly covered in fur and are warm-blooded. Humans are warm-blooded, too, meaning we can maintain higher temperatures in our bodies than the environments outside.

Siberian Tiger
Siberian Tiger

Siberian tigers have black stripes on tan and white-colored fur. These stripes help them blend in to their surroundings, making it hard for their prey to see them. Like your one-of-a-kind fingerprints, no two Siberian tigers have the exact same stripe design!

Its stripes aren't the only thing that make the Siberian tiger sneaky. These animals have big, wide pads on the bottoms of their feet so they can walk through the forest without making any noise. This helps them creep up on prey without being noticed.

What Do Siberian Tigers Eat?

Siberian tigers are carnivores, which means they only eat meat. Since they're big, they need big meals. Siberian tigers hunt animals like elk, deer and wild boar. Along with being sneaky, they are also great swimmers and climbers, which helps them hunt their prey.

Rough Tongue of a Siberian Tiger
Rough Tongue of a Siberian Tiger

After sneaking up on their prey, they tackle their dinner, hold it with long, powerful claws and bite its neck or throat to kill it. The Siberian tiger's tongue is so rough it can lick skin off an animal and the meat off its bones!

Siberian tigers don't usually hunt people, but they will from time to time if they can't find their usual prey or if there isn't enough to eat where they normally hunt.

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