IDENTIFICATION: The Warthogs natural skin color is grey, but can appear reddish or yellow due to their constant mud bathing activities. Snout is broader than that of a domestic pig and long canine teeth (tusks) curl over the snout. Males display very prominent warts on both sides of the head. Tails are always erected when on the move. Tusks: Both sexes have tusks.
DISTRIBUTION: Throughout Africa south of the Sahara except in rain forests.
HABITAT: Areas with short grass and sufficient water. Prefers open woodland, floodplains, marsh areas and areas surrounding pans and water holes. Likes areas where fresh grass grows following a fire. Independent of water.
HABITS: Grazer. Lives in family groups, nursing groups and temporary bachelor groups, while solitary males are not uncommon. Diurnal and sleeps at night in old Ant Bear holes, always entering backwards. Such holes also serve as shelter against predators and bad weather. Home ranges overlap and become larger in dry seasons. Enjoys mud wallows.
INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: Warthogs are great trophies to hunt and a big boar is not an every day occurrence. A great animal to approach and observe, but be warned an extremely difficult animal to read, will up and leave in a second for no apparent reason while feeding. When judging the trophy quality from a distance, the tusks are not always that easy to see, boars will display darkened skin below their eyes due to sent glands leaking a secretion that stains the skin, making boar identification much easier. Boars will often be double the size of sows in body weight, displaying 2 dominant warts on both sides of the head, while sows have much smaller warts. When judging the trophy quality of Warthogs, one must always consider that on most occasions there is at least 2-3 inches of tusk inside the lip.
- Ave Weight of Mature Adults: +/- 200 Pounds
- Hunting Permit Required: Hunting License