Sabre tooth tiger amazing facts

The sabre toothed tiger lived around 1.5 million years ago in South and North America and became extinct during the last ice age around 10,000 years ago.


The sabre toothed tiger was well known for its long teeth used to stab its prey during hunting. These teeth could grow up to 30 cm (12 inches) in length. Once the young sabre toothed tiger began to grow his teeth, they would grow at the speed of 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) per month.


Scientists can only presume that sabre toothed tigers were the same colour as tigers are today as fossils and bones do not tell us the colour of the animal's fur. The tiger was smaller than an African lion is today but much heavier.


Sabre toothed tigers ate animals like bison and deer. Their jaws could open to 120 degrees wide, helping them bite deep into the flesh of their prey.


Sabre toothed tigers were very social animals that lived in prides like lions do today. They would hunt in groups and spent much of their time lazing around and relaxing in the heat.


These animals had a hyoid bone in their throat. These are only found in animals that roar. This allowed them to communicate in complex ways over long distances.

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