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Warthog

Phacochoerus africanus

Range

  • Central & South Africa

Habitat

  • Savanna

Diet

Its diet is omnivorous, composed of

  • Grasses
  • Roots
  • Fruits
  • Bark
  • Fungi
  • Insects
  • Eggs
  • Carrion

While warthogs are a member of the swine family, they are not covered in warts.

The “wart” bumps on their face are thick patches of skint hat serve as padded protection during fights. Males have four warts, two large ones beneath the eyes and two similar ones just above their mouth; females have two small ones right below their eyes. They also have padded protection on their knees when they kneel to eat bugs and grasses. These powerful diggers use their snout, feet, and tusks to dig up food.

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