Skip to content
The World Explained In Plain English.
The World Explained In Plain English.
Saber-Toothed Tiger In Layman's Terms


Saber-Toothed Tiger

A Saber-Toothed Tiger, also known as a Smilodon, was a large predator that lived during the Pleistocene Era, which ended around 11,700 years ago. It had very long, sharp teeth in its upper jaw, which is how it got its name "saber-toothed." Their teeth were as long as 7 inches. They were primarily carnivores, eating large mammals such as mammoths and mastodons.

What Was The Size of The Saber-Toothed Tiger?

The Saber-Toothed Tiger stood about 3-4 feet tall at the shoulder and weighed around 400-600 pounds. It is believed that the Saber-Toothed Tiger went extinct due to a combination of factors, including climate change (Ice Age) and the decline of large mammal populations that they relied on for food. Human hunting may also have played a role in their extinction.

Saber-Toothed Tiger Family

Felidae Family

The Saber-Toothed Tiger was part of a group of prehistoric mammals called the Machairodonts, which were apex predators that existed for over 25 million years. They were part of the Felidae family, which includes modern cats such as lions, tigers, and leopards. Several species of the Saber-Toothed Tiger existed, including Smilodon Populator, Smilodon Fatalis, and Smilodon Gracilis. Smilodon Populator was the largest Saber-Toothed Tiger weighing up to 1,100 pounds.

Despite their extinction, the Saber-Toothed Tiger remains one of the most iconic and well-known prehistoric mammals and continues to be a topic of interest among scientists and the general public.

For more prehistoric and general animal facts visit the Animals section of our website.

Next Arctodus Simus