Phacochoerus africanus


Quick Facts

Found:  Africa
Size:  3 to 5 feet
Weight:  110 to 330 pounds
Diet:  grass, roots, bark, inverts, carrion
Life Span: 12 to 18 years
Status:  Common


Warthogs may not be the most beautiful or graceful creatures, but they are remarkable for their strength, intelligence, and flexibility.  Unlike many of their African counterparts, they are not endangered because they are so skilled at adapting to new threats. Such as, most warthogs like to forage in the morning and early evening.  But if they live in an area where they are hunted by people, they switch to foraging at night.  Their “warts” are not really warts but just thick growths of skin.  Even though the growths stick out, they don’t have any bones or cartilage.  They provide protective padding to cushion blows when males fight.  Their two upper tusks are incisors which emerge from the sides of the snout and can grow up to 10 inches long.  Warthogs have longer legs than most other kinds of swine, so they can run away from potential predators, reaching speeds of up to 34 miles per hour.  Lions, cheetahs, leopards, painted dogs, hyenas, and eagles all like to prey on warthogs.

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