Common warthogs are recognizable by two pairs of tusks that protrude from the mouth and are curved upwards. The lower pair is shorter than the upper pair and becomes sharp by grinding against the upper pair as the mouth opens and closes. These tusks are used for combating other hogs or defense against predators, as the lower pair can cause significant damage.
Armed with patches of thick growth skin on the face to act as padding when males fight during mating season, they have a large head with a mane running down the spine until the middle of the back and sparse hair that are black or brown. When running in alarm, they raise their talks like flags.
Although labeled as ‘Least concern,’ their numbers decrease mainly from drought, disease, and hunting.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No