What are the mating habits of tigers?

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besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Females tigers become sexually mature around 3-4 years of age. Male tigers become sexually mature a bit later in life, around 4-5 years of age. In tropical climates the females may be in heat throughout the year. In more temperate climates they are in heat seasonally. The female will signal that she is heat by roaring, moaning, and scent marking. She will continue this behavior until a male is attracted, or until she is no longer in heat. The numbers of tigers are getting fewer and fewer so often a male tiger is not found.

When courtship begins, the male and the female will circle one another and growl. The female may even try to run away but the male quickly catches her. This is when mating occurs. Copulation happens very quickly, although it happens repeatedly over 5 or 6 days. Both males and females have several partners over the course of their lives.

dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Tigers are native to Asia, they are large carnivorous animals and felines. A female tiger (she -tiger) , delivers on average two cubs per litter. A female tiger must be 3-4 years old before she can produce cubs. Tigers are very territorial, they protect their young.

Tigers usually mate in the colder months. When a male tiger comes around to mate he may stay three or four days to make sure the female conceives. He doesn't stray too far away but he gives her her space. Now the male is ever vigilant against intruders of any kind and stands guard, he leaves to go fetch food. They live on a diet of meat from small and large animals.