Learn all you wanted to know about a face only a mother could love African wild pigs also known as warthogs.
21 Fun Facts about African wild pigs, the Warthog.
|Only a mother could love African wild pigs |
also known as warthogs
1. Warthogs live in many countries of Africa; Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
2. Scientific name of warthogs is Phacochoerus aethiopicus.
3. Warthogs are a wild member of the pig family.
4. Warthogs are very strong, smart animals.
5. Adult males average 28 to 30 inches long and 250 pounds; adult females average 25 to 28 inches long and 150 pounds.
6. Warthogs average lifespan is 15 years.
7. Warthogs are omnivorous eating both plants and meat.
8. The warthog will use its snout and tusks to dig for bulbs, tubers, and roots during the dry season.
9. During the wet season, they may eat earthworms and other small invertebrates.
|The female warthog suckles the new litter, |
and each piglet has its own teat,
suckling exclusively from it
10. Warthogs sleep and rest in holes.
11. Warthogs have no fur or fat only sparsely grouped bristles.
12. The warthog lacks both protection from the sun and insulation from cold.
13. Warthogs live in family groups composed of a female and her young. Sometimes, two families, often of related females, will join together.
14. Male warthogs normally live alone, only joining groups to mate.
15. Before giving birth to a new litter, the female warthog will chase away the litter she has been raising and goes into isolation.
16. These abandoned juveniles may join up with another solitary female for a short time before they go out on their own.
17. The female warthog suckles the new litter, and each piglet has its own teat, suckling exclusively from it. Even if a piglet dies, the others do not suckle from the available nipple.
18. The warthog's large tusks are two upper tusks emerge from the sides of the snout to form a semicircle; the lower tusks, at the base of the uppers, are worn to a sharp-cutting edge.
|The warthog's sharpe large tusks|
19. Sparse bristles cover the warthog's body, and longer bristles form a mane from the top of the head down the spine to the middle of the back.
20. The warthog characteristically carries its tail upright when it runs, the tuft waving like a tiny flag.
21. Warthogs predators are lions, leopards, humans, crocodiles, and hyenas.