Desert Warthog

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Desert Warthog

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Character Data
Also known as: Somali Warthog
Japanese Name: イボイノシシ
Romanised Name: Iboinoshishi
First Featured in: Not Featured Yet
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Phacochoerus aethiopicus
Distribution: Horn of Africa
Diet: Herbivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 10 Years
Read More: Desert warthog
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Desert Warthog Pavilion

Desert Warthog is a type of Friend.

In Real Life

The desert warthog is a species of even-toed ungulate in the pig family, The desert warthog is a stockily-built animal growing to an average length of 125 cm and weight of 75 kg with males being larger than females. It has a rather flattened head with distinctive facial paired protuberances and large curving canine teeth that protrude as tusks. These are not present in juveniles but grow over the course of a few years. The body is sparsely covered with bristly hairs and a more dense region of hairs runs along the spine and forms a crest. The tail is long and thin and is tipped with a small brush of coarse hair. The general colour is mid to dark brown but the crest is sometimes whitish. They are native to the Horn of Africa. Its current range extends from southeastern Ethiopia through western Somalia to eastern and Central Kenya. Desert warthogs live in social groups called "sounders" consisting mostly of females and their offspring while males tend to live in solitude or form bachelor groups. A sounder occupies a home range of about 10 square km which is usually centred on a water hole. Desert warthogs are diurnal and are largely herbivorous. One of the older females leads the group and they forage for grasses, leafy plants, flowers and fruit. They dig up rhizomes, edible tubers and bulbs with their snouts and tusks and will eat insects when food is scarce, and even carrion. They sometimes eat dung, including their own, and will tear bark from trees. The desert warthog has specific warning grunts that alert the rest of the group to danger. They may freeze initially but then rely on their speed to escape. They can travel for short distances at 55 km per hour as they run to the safety of one of their burrows. The desert warthog life expectancy is 10 or more years.

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