Overview of the Warthog
Warthogs are members of the pig family that live in
Africa. They range in size from 3 to 5 feet in length,
and 110 to 170 pounds in weight. They are identifiable
by their two pairs of tusks, which come from the mouth
and curve upwards. The lower pair of tusks is shorter
than the upper pair, and are very sharp, due to the
fact that they rub against the upper pair every single
time the warthog’s mouth opens or closes.
A warthog uses its tusks for digging, fighting with
other hogs, and in defence against predators. The lower
set can seriously hurt or maim even the fiercest predators.
However, while they can fight (demonstrated especially
during mating season, amongst each other), their primary
defense against predators is fleeing. Their primary
predators are humans, lions, leopards, crocodiles, hyenas
and cheetahs. However, they have no major threats, as
even lions will hesitate in attacking them, due to their
tusks. Sometimes, a fight with a warhog will end with
a lion bleeding to death.
Warthogs are omnivorous, eating grasses, roots, berries,
fruits, bark, fungi, eggs and carrion. They live in
groups called sounders, and have an estimated population
in southern Africa of approximately 250,000.
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