Warthog… A pig with an attitude…

The common warthog or warthog (Phacochoerus africanus)

A warthog is identifiable by the two pairs of tusks protruding from the mouth and curving upwards. The lower pair, which are far shorter than the upper pair, become razor sharp by rubbing against the upper pair every time the mouth is opened and closed.


A tusk will curve 90° or more from the root, and will not lie flat on a table, as it curves somewhat backwards as it grows. The tusks are used for digging, for combat with other hogs, and in defence against predators – the lower set can inflict severe wounds.


The common warthog is the only pig species that has adapted to grazing and savannah habitats. Its diet is omnivorous, composed of grasses, roots, berries and other fruits, bark, fungi, insects, eggs and carrion.


“I love my hair style”

A female common warthog with piglets, will defend them very aggressively. On occasion, common warthogs have been observed charging and even wounding large predators. Common warthogs have also been observed allowing banded mongooses to groom them to remove ticks.


Like most of the pig family, they do love their mud bath…..