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…..

35 thoughts on “Warthog… A pig with an attitude…

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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……

  4. 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!!!

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