Warthog - Mammals

Warthog - map of occurrence


Phacochoerus aethiopicus

conservation status Least Concern

Weight: males 70-150kg (150-3300lb), females 45-70kg (100-150lb)
Shoulder height: 60-75cm (2ft -2ft 5in)
Lenght: 1-1.5m (3ft 3in - 4ft 11in)
Wild population:
Lifespan: 10-15 years
Gestation: 5.5 months, 2-6 piglets
Identification a stout, grey-skinned pig with a long mane of hair running from the back of the head and big canine tusks
Habitat: savanna, grasslands, semi-arid bush, highland areas

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A warthog is identifiable by the two pairs of tusks protruding from the mouth. The tusks are used for digging, for combat with other hogs, and in defence against predators—the lower set can inflict severe wounds.
Although warthogs are commonly seen in open grasslands, they will seek shelter and forage in denser moist vegetation when available. The common warthog diet is omnivorous, composed of grasses, roots, berries and other fruits, bark, fungi, eggs, dead animals, and even small mammals, reptiles and birds.
They can dig their own burrows, they commonly occupy abandoned burrows of aardvarks or other animals. The warthog usually enters burrows "back-end first", with the head always facing the opening and ready to burst out as needed.
Warthogs are fast runners and quite capable jumpers. They will often run with their tails in the air. Despite poor eyesight, warthogs have a good sense of smell, which they use for locating food, detecting predators and recognizing other animals.
However if a female warthog has any piglets to defend she'll defend them very aggressively. It had been reported that warthogs have given lions deep, serious, deadly wounds, which sometimes end with the lion bleeding to death.

Warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) - male tusks sweetwaters
Warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) - male tusks sweetwaters
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location:Sweetwaters, Kenya