Tiger: physical description
Colour & appearanceThe upper part of the animal ranges from reddish orange to ochre, and the under parts are whitish. The body has a series of black striations of black to dark grey colour.
The characteristic stripe patterns differ from one individual to another and from one side of the cat's body to the other. In fact, there are no tigers with identical markings.
Males exhibit a characteristic ruff (lengthened hairs around the neck), which is especially marked in the Sumatran tiger.
Some Bengal tigers are cream or white instead of orange, due to a recessive gene for this colouration. Called "white" tigers, they also have a pink nose and blue eyes.