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The tiger is a carnivore - it eats meat. It hunts large animals like deer and buffalo and has very long curved canine teeth which it uses to kill its prey.

Tiger skull and teeth The tiger's molars are quite sharp and have been modified to form 'carnassial' teeth. Tigers don't chew - they use their carnassials to slice off chunks of meat which they then swallow whole.

The incisors are in blue.
The canines are in red.
The molars are in green.

Not all animals have all three types of teeth.

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