The tiger is the largest cat species, most recognizable for its pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with alighter underside. The species is classified in the genus Panthera with the lion, leopard, jaguar, and snow leopard.
Tigers can reach a length of up to 3.3 metres (11 feet) and weigh as much as 300 kilograms (660 pounds). Subspecies of the tiger include the Sumatran Tiger, Siberian Tiger, Bengal Tiger, South China Tiger, Malayan Tiger and Indochinese Tiger.
Tigers are predatory carnivores. Most tigers live in forests and grasslands (for which their camouflage is ideally suited).