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…..
Great pics, Bulldog. I love the ‘hairstyle’ one in particular.
The little warthoglets are super cute. Every time I’ve seen them they ran in a straight line behind momma and their little tails look like flags in a piggy parade.
The tail thing I’m told is so they can see each other to follow… I also love that and still need to capture it on camera…
I always wondered what a warthog looked like. Thanks for showing us this beauty!
My pleasure Angeline
It’s hard to tell where the mud ends and the warthog begins. Seriously – I think the warthog is evidence that Mother Nature has a sense of humour 🙂
You are so right there Joanne
Not the most beautiful of animals, but I’ve read that mud baths are good for the complexion. Your pics sort of disprove this theory. 😀
Yep only a mother could love that face… and the mud definitely does not work in their case
They wouldn’t win a beauty contest so they must have wonderful personalities.
Not sure on that… tenacious? Yes… friendly? Not really… good parents? Phenomenal. ..,
Well, I’m sure their mothers love them.
That second one looks like something out of the Star Wars/sci fi movies.
When we were kids my brother and I would scream “Warthog” as an insult. Little name calling was tolerated…but how can you not laugh at 2 kids screaming “warthog” at each other?
I have not heard of it being used as an insult but can see why it could
Probably comes from the verb “to wart” or irritate? HAs nothing to do with looks – or mom would have stopped it (giggles and paw waves)
Great shots of a testy critter!
Quite the handsome fellow.
Looks just like me
Just what I was thinking.
Le foto sono stupende, il facogero non tanto, è bruttino 🙂
Un grande saluto e un abbraccio.
Thanks Pat… I agree not the best looking fellow on the block…
That’s pretty intimidating. 🙂
Hes got a strange temprement that goes with that look
oh my gosh – pigs are another of my favourite animal, a close third behind the dog and elephant. I love the look of them but whoa this guy is ugly – sorry fella but wow!!! Don’t they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I’m sure his mother loves him……
This guy gets a lot of respect from me… tenacious, but butt ugly
oh don’t worry he’ll definitely be getting my respect LOL
Love these beautiful, ugly creatures
They are the best… I agree
They always seemed so mellow, of course I wouldn’t cross one!
Getting ready for Kruger. We are staying in lower sabie, perimeter, refurbished rondavel, and olifants, prime view unit, also redone. jazzed! seems berg en dal and sabie have some internet, you know i am going to figure a way to post! also staying at Mhalti when we arrive by melanine gate, at Buhala lodfe for 3 mghts at the end.
Bring on Kruger!!!
Oh I wish I was that side of the country when you are… you are going to love this trip and Olifants camp my favourite… you are going to have such a good trip… when do you arrive?
Spring, before the tourist season hits heavily.
That is a good hair style. And eyelashes. Thanks, Bulldog 🙂
Thanks he is a pretty boy… just don’t get too close…