While they may not be the kings of the jungle, tigers are still the largest of the cat species. One of the scariest features of these striped species? Tiger teeth.
Here are a few tiger teeth facts that will blow your mind:
Tigers are born toothless. With such large teeth, it’s hard to believe that cubs are born without any. However, after a few short weeks, tigers get their milk teeth. Their teeth fall out like humans’ do, but not until the adult teeth push the milk teeth out.
Tiger teeth are 3 inches long. Tigers need long teeth so they can bite and kill their meals. Their favorite selections include buffalo, boars, fish and wild pigs.
Tigers have large gaps in their teeth. Next time you see a tiger yawn at the zoo, notice the big space between the molars and canines. This makes it easy for them to grasp their prey tightly.
Tigers don’t attack people often. Tigers don’t typically attack or eat humans, as they have free rein on most animals in the jungle. Tigers that do target humans may be old or missing teeth, and therefore are unable to eat their usual prey.
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