Interspecies Conflict/More matching ups!


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can a siberian tiger survive in yellowstone?
Fossa v Tasmanian Devil
Southern Grasshopper Mouse v Northern Short-tailed Shrew
Fossa vs velociraptor
Leopard v Boerboel
binturong v Common Wombat
Dorudon atrox v American Alligator
American Alligator v Swordfish
titanoba vs saltwater crocodile
great dane ( aggressive hunting dog for boar, bear etc) vs game bred pitbull
(C. spelea) giant fossa vs velociraptor
mandrill vs Peccary
drill monkey vs mandrill
game bred pitbull vs cassowary
dingo vs gelada
Bactrian Camel vs giant eland
Bactrian Camel vs muskox
clouded leopard vs game bred pitbull( and vs average pitbull)
Saurosuchus galilei v Skorpiovenator bustingorry
Caracal v Honey Badger
caracal vs velociraptor
swordfish vs sawfish at parity
saw stag beetle vs hercules beetle?

Hello Johnny.

Q: Can a Siberian tiger survive in Yellowstone?
A: Although there are some wooded areas for cover & plenty of prey items for the Siberian tiger to feast upon (bison, deer, antelope, etc.), the temperature would be a huge problem for the cat in the warmer months.  The Siberian tiger has evolved to have a thick, furry hide that keeps it insulated from the cold Siberian temperatures (which don't get far above freezing), and the cat would easily overheat in the warmer Yellowstone park climate.  I imagine the tiger would do OK in the winter months, but wouldn't fare well at all otherwise.

Fossa v Tasmanian Devil: The fossa will weigh about 20% more than the Tasmanian devil.  The fossa will have greater agility, but the Tasmanian devil will have a bigger bite (and perhaps more aggression).  The fossa's semi-retractable claws might help it as well.  Close to 50/50.

Southern Grasshopper Mouse v Northern Short-tailed Shrew: Both of these animals can weigh up to an ounce (about the weight of 5 quarters).  The Southern grasshopper mouse is a stocky rodent that feeds on scorpions, beetles, grasshoppers, & smaller mammals (which it kills with a bite to the back of the neck).  The Northern short-tailed shrew is not quite as rotund, but can produce poison in their salivary glands to paralyze prey.  It feeds primarily on snails, centipedes, beetles, & mice.  Both of these mammals can be fierce fighters, but the shrew's poison would likely tip the scales in its favor.  Edge to Northern short-tailed shrew.

Fossa vs Velociraptor: These animals will weigh about the same.  The fossa is agile & has a strong bite, but the Velociraptor has a more diversified offense (bite, slashing kicks, grabbing claws).  The fossa can win if it tackles the dinosaur to the ground, but will need to be careful.  Close to 50/50.

Leopard v Boerboel: The leopard will weigh slightly more than the Boerboel.  Boerboels are strong, muscular, fearless dogs with broad heads and strong jaws.  They are rated among the best of canine combatants (and are used in South Africa to protect livestock from predators).  Leopards are powerful, athletic cats with impressive weaponry (jaws & claws) & killing know-how.  The impressive Boerboel can certainly drive a leopard away in a confrontation, but no dog on the planet can defeat an adult leopard in a serious battle.  The leopard is battle-tested against hyenas, baboons, & other African predators, and the Boerboel won't be on the same level as many of them.  Leopard wins.

Binturong vs Common Wombat: A common wombat can weigh twice as much as a binturong (bearcat).  Wombats are hardy & stout, and have durable bodies & strong bites.  Binturongs are agile mammals with sharp claws & jaws with many teeth.  They are typically slow-moving, though, and usually consume insects, birds, & rodents.  A wombat double its weight is probably just out of its league, but the bearcat might be favored at parity.  Common wombat wins.

Dorudon atrox vs American Alligator: These animals are about the same size & weight.  Dorudon was an ancient whale with formidable jaws, and likely had a decent maneuverability over the alligator.  Alligators have vice-like jaws, but their effectiveness is greater when used on animals drinking at the water's edge as opposed to aquatic animals (which may be harder to grip & of course, drown).  The alligator's armored hide would protect it some, but Dorudon's bite would have landed more often & eventually taken its toll after the more vulnerable area were attacked.  Edge to Dorudon atrox.

American Alligator vs Swordfish: The swordfish will weigh about 30% more than the alligator.  The alligator's powerful bite won't have the same profound effect on a robust, aquatic animal as it will on a cervid at the water's edge, but it can disable the swordfish with the right bite on the right location.  However, the agility of the swordfish will enable it to utilize its "sword" with greater ease, and the sharp point will be able to penetrate many areas on the alligator's armored body.  Edge to swordfish.

Titanoboa vs Saltwater Crocodile: These animals will weigh close to the same (if the conservative, upper-end estimates for Titanoboa are accurate).  The crocodile's jaws can dispatch Titanoboa with a chomp on the skull, but the other areas of the constrictor's body will probably hold up well to most bites.  Titanoboa might not be able to complete a kill (a croc of this size will be difficult to asphyxiate), but will probably be able to immobilize the crocodile with its coils on most occasions.  The crocodile has a better chance of completing a kill, but Titanoboa has a better chance of dominating the encounter otherwise.  A stalemate will be a likely result as well.  Close to 50/50.

Great Dane (aggressive hunting dog for boar, bear, etc) vs Game-Bred Pit bull: Great Danes can weigh twice as much as an American Pit Bull Terrier.  Great Danes are tall, muscular dogs with rectangle-shaped heads.  They are typically good-natured & friendly, and aren't as well-suited for hunting duties as many other dogs (like the Dogo Argentino, for example) are.  The APBT is at the top of the list in regards to canine combat (pound-for-pound) due in part to its strength, durability, endurance, tenacity, & experience.  The APBT will eventually wear the larger dog down with its powerful bite & stubborn resolve.  Game-bred APBT wins.

Giant Fossa (C. spelea) vs Velociraptor: The giant fossa was anywhere from 50% more to almost double the Velociraptor's weight.  The giant fossa had the same attributes as the modern version, but it was larger.  The Velociraptor's offense (bite, slashing kicks, grabbing claws) would have given it a chance, but the giant fossa would have been able to utilize its size & agility to physically overpower the dinosaur & finish it with bites on most occasions.  Giant fossa wins.  

Mandrill vs Peccary: The mandrill will weigh about 60% more than the collared peccary, but will only weigh about 10-15% more than the larger types (white-lipped & Chacoan).  Mandrills have long, upper canine, good mobility, & use of its hands to aid in a confrontation.  Peccaries are nimble, pig-like mammals with sharp tusks & tough hides.  A mandrill will have the size to overcome a collared peccary on most occasions, but will have trouble with the other 2.  The tusks of the larger peccaries will cause more damage to the hide of the mandrill than the mandrill's teeth will cause to them, but the primate would probably be able to utilize its bite enough times to keep the fight close.  Peccaries deal with jaguars & cougars on occasion, and this will help them in dealing with a mandrill.  Edge to mandrill over the collared peccary; close to 50/50 with the other 2 (edge to peccary at parity).

Drill Monkey vs Mandrill: These animals are very similar, but the colorful mandrill is slightly larger than the drill & has a longer muzzle.  Both have similar attributes (closely related to baboons), and any battle between them would be grabbing & biting.  Slight edge to the mandrill.

Game-bred Pit bull vs Cassowary: The cassowary will be over twice as heavy as the APBT.  Cassowaries have very dangerous kicks, and utilize a 5-inch claw for slashing adversaries.  APBTs are strong, athletic, relentless combatants with a huge bite & tons of energy.  The APBT will rush in immediately and attempt to latch onto the cassowary with its jaws (and it may leap to grab the neck).  The cassowary will have a small window of time to deliver a solid kick before the APBT grabs a hold of it (because the bird's options will be limited at that point), but it may very well succeed.  A solid kick can seriously injure the pit bull, and even if it continues its attack, it will weaken quickly if the wound is substantial.  The style of attack employed by the APBT will be difficult to defend, and as a result the cassowary won't be favored here.  Edge to game-bred APBT.

Dingo vs Gelada: These animals will weigh about the same.  Gelada baboons have some of the same attributes shared by other baboons (mobility/sharp upper canines/hand usage).  Dingoes are nimble predators with good endurance & decent bites.  I usually favor a baboon to defeat a similar-sized canid, and this is no different.  The gelada should land enough bites to deter the dingo.  Edge to gelada.

Bactrian Camel vs Giant Eland: The giant eland can weigh over 30% more than the camel.  Camels can bite & kick (usually to the sides), but don't have the agility to match the eland's.  The giant eland will be able to use its horns effectively (the camel won't have the assets to repel every charge), and it should be able to overpower the smaller mammal.  Giant eland wins.

Bactrian Camel vs Muskox: The camel will weigh almost 70% more than the muskox.  Camels will bite & kick, and can get aggressive at times.  The muskox will charge like a battering ram, and its sharp horns can be used to gore adversaries as well.  A kick from the camel can certainly injure the muskox, but the camel will be too slow to avoid the strong charge of the muskox on most occasions.  Muskoxen are likely more battle-tested, as they deal with more formidable predators (polar & grizzly bears; wolves) than does the camel.  Slight edge to muskox.

Clouded leopard vs Game-Bred Pit Bull: The American Pit Bull Terrier can be a formidable foe for anything in its weight range if it's bred for fighting.  It is very strong, relentless, and can fight through injuries.  One of the animals that is capable of competing with it is the clouded leopard.  The cat will be slightly smaller here (almost 80% of the dog's weight), but its agility will enable it to place a good bite with its long upper canines on many occasions.  The clouded leopard will have to solve the problem of having a stocky dog latched onto it (and probably shaking its jaws back-and-forth with a lot of force), and it's endurance will wane before the dog's will.  If the clouded leopard can manage to sink in a bite in a vital area in the early stages of the fight, it can certainly dispatch the dog, but most of the time it will succumb to injury before it can pull this off.  Game-bred APBT wins.

Clouded Leopard vs Average Pit Bull: An average APBT won't have the berserker style of a game-bred one, and won't react to injury with the same level of indifference.  It has the tools to win (strength, strong jaws, endurance), but the clouded leopard will likely initiate an effective attack upon contact & dispatch the APBT with its long upper canines.  Clouded leopard wins.

Saurosuchus galilei vs Skorpiovenator bustingorry: Saurosuchus was a large, lizard-like creature (in appearance) with large jaws & armored hide (similar to crocodilians) along its back.  Skorpiovenator was a bipedal theropod with decent jaws & small forelimbs.  Saurosuchus was a quicker creature, but was likely much lighter than Skorpiovenator.  I would favor Saurosuchus at close weights, but not if it's giving up a lot of size.  Skorpiovenator has the edge.

Caracal vs Honey Badger: The caracal can weigh up to 40% more than the honey badger.  The honey badger has thick skin that will protect it from a lot of the caracal's offense (claws & bite), and the mustelid's offense (also claws & bite) will be sporadic against the quicker feline.  Durability will be the honey badger's biggest advantage, and quickness will be the caracal's biggest advantage.  At parity I would side with the honey badger, but at these weights its closer to a 50/50.

Caracal vs Velociraptor: The caracal will weigh slightly more than 50% of the Velociraptor's weight.  Caracals are extremely quick & agile, and have typical cat attributes (jaws, claws, & finishing know-how).  The Velociraptor has a diversified offense (bite, slashing kicks, grabbing claws), but it won't be able to keep the caracal from pouncing on it (and holding it down) on most occasions.  The Velociraptor is a dangerous opponent for anything in its weight range, but the caracal will have the right assets to be favored.  Caracal wins.

Swordfish vs Sawfish (at parity): Both of these animals have their weapons on the end of their snouts.  The sawfish has a long, flat rostrum that resembles a chainsaw blade, and the swordfish has a long, pointed bill.  Both fish are capable of dispatching one another, but the sawfish's rostrum can be used with greater ease (as accuracy won't be as much of an issue for it).  The swordfish has a more robust, rounded body (if looking at a cross-section) while the sawfish's body is more "flattened out" in appearance.  Could go either way, but the sawfish has the edge.

Saw Stag Beetle vs Hercules Beetle: The Hercules beetle is larger (not by much), but the Saw Stag beetle is probably more aggressive.  Both are extremely strong for their size, and have "pincers" that can be used to grab & toss.  The Hercules beetle's weapons are aligned north & south, and the stag beetle's are aligned east & west.  Hard to say with bugs, but it probably be close to an even fight.

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Questions regarding animal conflicts within realistic or unrealistic settings are welcome; my strength lies in medium-to-large species. Small animals (including birds of prey), prehistoric animals, sea creatures, and domestic dog breeds are usually within my scope, but to a lesser degree. I can't confidently answer hypothetical questions about human vs animal, arachnids, insects, or amphibians, but I am willing to field them nonetheless.


From a young age, I have been interested in animals. Starting with the original Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom and World Book Encyclopedias, I have seen many animal shows and documentaries and have read multiple books on the subject. I have a solid understanding of the physiology of many animals and interspecies conflict in general.

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