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  • ·         Warthogs are the only pigs who can live in areas without water for several months of the year.  By tolerating higher than normal body temperature, they are somehow able to conserve moisture in their bodies that would otherwise be used for cooling.
  • ·         Warthogs characteristically carry their tails in the air when they run, usually at a springy trot, with the bristly tail tufts waving like tiny flags, helping to keep the group together.
  • ·         They live in family groups of a female and her young.  Sometimes another female will join the group. Males (boars) normally live by themselves only joining the group to mate.
  • ·         During mating time, boars rush at one another, ramming their heads and tusks together in an attempt to push each other to the ground and determine which animal is strongest. The weaker male usually retreats, and the winner is awarded mating rights. Surprisingly, the boars rarely get injured during these shows of testosterone. Their secret? The warts on their faces.
  • ·         The warts are thick protective pads of skin (no cartilage or bone) that act as pads to cushion the blows and protect them from injury. They have two large pairs of warts below the eyes and between the eyes and the tusks. The males also have small ones near the jaw.
  • ·         Female warthogs only have four teats, so their litter sizes are usually confined to four young.  Each piglet has its “own” teat and suckles exclusively from it.  If one piglet dies, the others do not suckle from the available teat
  • ·         Warthogs sleep and rest in holes.  They do not dig their own, but use those dug by other animals (e.g. antbears). 
  • ·         Warthogs do not have very good vision, but their senses of smell and hearing are good.  They protect themselves from predators (usually lion, leopard or hyaena) by fleeing or sliding backwards into a hole, thus being in a position to use their formidable tusks in an attack.    
  • ·         Tip for bush survival: Never walk up to the front of an antbear hole if it looks “lived-in” … there may be a warthog lurking inside!