South Indian Tiger
This is a rare shot of a south indian tiger displaying the flehmen response, "a behaviour whereby an animal curls back its upper lips exposing its front teeth, inhales with the nostrils usually closed and then often holds this position for several seconds. It may be performed over a site or substance of particular interest to the animal." [wiki]
The tiger is the largest cat species, reaching a total body length of up to 3.38 m over curves and weighing up to 388.7 kg in the wild. Its most recognisable feature is a pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside. The species is classified in the genus ''Panthera'' with the lion, leopard, jaguar and snow leopard. Tigers are apex predators, primarily preying on ungulates such as deer and bovids. They are territorial and generally solitary but social animals,.. more
Animals have an organ at the base of their nasal cavity which receives the chemical messages. More about it can be read here is anyone is interested, its quite fascinating!
Another very impressive photo John!
Posted 8 years ago