Mammal

Warthog

Area: 
Africa
Habitat: 
Savanna, woodland, and grassland
Food: 
Grass, roots, berries, tree bark, animal carcasses
Size: 
3 feet to almost 5 feet long, 110 to 330 pounds
Babies: 
1 to 8 piglets in a litter (usually 2 to 3)
A warthog’s bumps are not really warts, they’re just thick growths of skin.
Beauty is More Than Skin Deep

 

Warthogs are very strong, smart animals. Unlike many of their African counterparts, they are not endangeredAnimals or plants that survive in such low numbers that they could become extinct in a few years unless something is done to help the populations increase. because they are skilled at adapting to new threats. For example, most warthogs like to look for food during the light of the morning and early evening. But if they live in an area where they are hunted by people, they switch to foraging at night.

 

When a male warthog ("boar") wants to attract a female ("sow"), he does a courtshipAll behavioral patterns leading to breeding or pair formation. “chant” of rhythmic grunts that sounds like a car engine in need of a tune-up!

 

Warthog sows are much more social than the boars. They stay in groups of up to 40 warthogs together with their piglets. The sows communicate with grunts, chirps, growls, snorts, and squeals. The sounds can be greetings, threats, and warnings, among other things. They also like to lie close together and will even groom each other.