Warthog with tusks

Warthog

Beauty is more than skin deep

Type

giant panda

Mammals

Area

Map of Africa

Africa

Endangered Status

Stable

facts

size
3 to 5 feet
in length
An average soccer ball is 8.65 inches tall.
A warthog compared in size to a soccer ball
food
plants, more
Omnivore
Omnivore

Warthogs will eat grass, roots, berries, tree bark, insects, eggs, and even animal carcasses.

habitat
savanna, more
Grassland habitat

Warthogs also live in woodland and grassland.

description

Warthog mom with baby

Very adaptable

Warthogs are very strong, smart animals. Unlike many of their African counterparts, they are not endangered 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.

Male warthog

Love song?

When a male warthog ("boar") wants to attract a female ("sow"), he does a courtship “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.

quiz

Would a warthog fit in your bed?
Yes
No