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Warthog

Phacochoerus africanus

Class: Mammalia Order: Artiodactyla Family: Suidae

Size

Size: 3-5 feet in length

Weight (Males): 130-330 lbs
Weight (Females): 99-165 lbs

Lifespan

15 years

Diet

Plants, insects

Habitat & Range

Grasslands, savanna, and woodland of Sub-Sahara Africa

Interesting Facts

  • These wild pigs live in the savannahs of Africa. Their name comes from the protrusions on the sides of their heads.
  • They either dig their own burrows or use abandoned aardvarks burrows as dens. When threatened, they will back into the hole in reverse, so that they can defend with their tusks.
  • Warthogs can go long periods without drinking water, but will seek it out to wallow. This allows them to cool off as well as to deter bothersome insects.
  • A warthog has two pairs of tusks that curve upwards. One longer pair protruding from their upper jaw and a shorter pair on the bottom. These tusks can be used for digging or self defense. The lower tusks can inflict deep wounds.

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Threats

While considered least concern, warthogs face threats including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species