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do tigers produce eggs even though they are not fertile?

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I do not believe so.

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Great question that I've wondered myself. I don't know, and I wonder if anyone really does to 100% certainty. Literature I've read likes terms like "typically sterile" that leave the door open. I have read about tiger males possible being capable of producing viable sperm, but don't remember ever hearing of females with eggs, fertile or other. I have seen tigers involved in what appeared to be spawning activities, and actually saw it a few weeks ago in perfect habitat..... pairing, chasing... generally acting goofy. I have caught tigers this time of year with body types and scarring similar to pures. My guess is some may produce something in there bodies similar to eggs, but just a guess. Not all hybrids of species are sterile, so tough to rule anything out.

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I read an article by the Utah DNR and it said the females do not produce eggs. That was the reason they grow larger. An article from the Wisconsin DNR said they do produce eggs but they can not be fertilized. Who knows.

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I read an article by the Utah DNR and it said the females do not produce eggs. That was the reason they grow larger. An article from the Wisconsin DNR said they do produce eggs but they can not be fertilized. Who knows.
Yeah, I looked it up after my original comment and some of the articles said no, they can't, and then a few articles said they "might". Lol. Looks like no one knows for sure. I read in multiple articles that this is why tigers grow so fast, as well as most other hybrids, because they don't spawn or ever burn energy with reproduction.

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cleaned up ....fire away

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