WHY ARE LIGERS SO MUCH BIGGER THAN TIGONS?
The large size of the liger and small size of the tigon is due to “genomic imprinting” – the unequal expression of genes depending on parent of origin i.e.
whether certain growth genes are inherited from the male or the female.
Why is a liger bigger than a Tigon?
A male lion and a female tiger produce a liger – the biggest of the big cats. A male tiger and a female lion produce a tigon, a cat that is about the same size as its parents. The difference in size and appearance between ligers and tigons is due in part to the parents’ differently imprinted genes.
Are ligers dangerous?
Ligers might seem to be more peaceful than lions or tigers, and even though they were bred in captivity, they are incredibly dangerous animals, not to be underestimated.
How big can a liger get?
Surprisingly, ligers grow to be much larger than either parent species, making them the largest known cat in the world. Ligers weigh 800-900 pounds (twice as much as lions or tigers) and are around 11 feet long and 5 feet tall.
Are ligers huge?
Ligers are the offspring of a female tiger and a male lion. They are the biggest of all the big cats. Tigons are the opposite. They are the offspring of a female lion and a male tiger, and are about the same size as the average lion.
Could a liger survive in the wild?
Lions and tigers are separated by about seven million years of evolution. Ligers exist only in captivity because the habitats of the parental species do not overlap in the wild. There is no proof that ligers have ever existed in the wild.
Can a liger and a Tigon mate?
Similar to ligers, you cannot breed a tigon and a tigon; you have to cross breed (said on the fist page) a male tiger with a female lion. Sometimes, tigons are smaller than their parents! Tigons can have offspring that have manes (again if the offspring is male) but it is not as likely as a liger to have a mane.