By Trevor Wunsch

Warthogs function and structure

  • Size 0.9-1.5m
  • Weight 50-150kg
  • Speed 48km/h
  • Life span 12-18 years.
  • colors Brown, Tan, and Gray.
  • The male warthogs have longer and stronger tucks, while female warthogs have shorter and more curved tucks.
  • Warthogs like in the name have a lot of warts which not a lot of other animals have.

The warthogs body structure

  • Warthogs have poor eye site so they use their nose more.
  • All systems are normal.
  • Warthogs put their tail up when running.

How warthogs communicate

  • Warthogs display friendly interactions by frequent nose-to-nose sniffing, social grooming and rubbing.
  • Family groups communicate with squeaks, growls, chirps and grunts.
  • Moaning is a sign of courtship and whimpers and squeals are produced when frightened.

Classification of a warthog

  • Kingdom- Animalia
  • Phylum- Chordata
  • Class- Mammalia
  • Order- Artiodactyla

Similar species of a warthog

  • Family- Suidae.
  • Genus- Phacochoerus.
  • Warthogs are similar to pig because:
  • Both like to play in the mud.
  • But warthogs are more hairy.

How warthogs obtain food

  • Warthogs have a good sense of smell so they can find grubs and detect predators.
  • Warthogs use their tucks to dig for insects.
  • Warthogs are omnivores because they eat grass, fruit, berries, roots, insects, small mammals, birds, and reptiles.
  • Warthogs eat depending on what season it is.

How warthogs reproduce

  • Female warthogs live in grounds called sounders and at mating season the female delivers a strong sent that attracts the male. After the male will leave.
  • Warthogs reproduce sexually.
  • Pregnancy lasts 5 to 6 months and ends with 4 babies.
  • Female have 4 teats one for each warthog.

How warthogs grow and develop

  • At birth a warthog weighs 1-2 lb.
  • As warthogs get older the tucks come out more and more.


  • Warthogs prefer abandoned burrows built by other animals than digging one themselves.
  • Habitats- Arid Savannas and grass plains.
  • Warthogs are least concern of being endangered.
  • Warthogs has many predators such as lions, cheetahs, crocodiles, hyenas, and humans.


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