- The Southwest United States, Central America, North through Central South America
- Mesquite beans
- Palm nuts
- Small vertebrates
Neither pig nor razorback, this omnivore’s razor-sharp tusks inspired its nickname, the javelina (have-a-LEE-nah), referring to a javelin or spear.
Unable to pant, they bed down in the shade during the midday heat and forage for water-rich prickly pears and agave in the cool of early morning and evening. They are territorial and live in herds of 5-15 with a hierarchy determined by size; the biggest peccary is dominant.