The saber-tooth tiger is an animal that was first found as fossils in the ice age when humanity was still in early development. the saber-toothed tiger was estimated to be a relative of the clouded leopard which will be in a different section of this blog. Here is an image of a saber tooth tiger fossil as you can see it is a cat and you can see why it’s called a saber-toothed tiger you can look at the teeth. The saber-toothed tiger’s scientific name is smilodon carnivorous catus genus meaning saber-toothed carnivorous cat. FUN FACT: the saber-toothed tiger lived with other leviathans like the Titanoboa the largest snake ever longer than a school bus.
Clouded leopards usually eat porcupines, orangutans, golden snub-nosed monkeys,
Gibbons, macaques, slow loris, small
deer and wild boars. You probably know that clouded leopards are carnivores. They kill porcupines by attacking their belly.
Clouded leopards kill by ambushing prey.
They do this by waiting for the prey to come then they jump off the tree and bite it.
For porcupines, they have a different strategy they attack the belly where there aren’t any spikes.
Clouded leopards can be hunted by even bigger cats such as lions leopards panthers tigers.
Their teeth are half as big as a Tyrannosaurus Rex’s teeth.
Their teeth are extremely sharp.
Their teeth point sideways.
They have 2 giant canine teeth.
The smilodon’s teeth are bigger than a Trex tooth.
Did you know that the smilodon wasn’t really a relative to tigers it was a relative to domestic cats’ 80 percent same DNA not as impressive as the tiger’s 90 %.
The smilodon lived during the ice age where there were mammoths to hunt but they went extinct due to food chain imbalance and change of temperature.
Fun fact the smilodon hunted tigers while it lived however the smilodon was not an apex predator at that time, apex predator is a predator that has no natural enemies as the smilodon enemies were its Canada side living relatives that usually go to where the smilodon lives which is near Europe the continents were together at that time.
More facts the smilodon went extinct just 11,000 years ago.
A smilodon would never go to the sea as at that time the megalodon existed as the biggest shark ever
smilodons lived at the time where some humans existed however deforestation drove them extinct.
FUN FACT: the smilodon was smaller than a modern lion.
Not fun fact: saber-toothed tigers have eaten upwards of 10,00 animals and some humans.
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