Visayan Warty Pig

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Size
These pigs stand just 18 to 25 inches at the shoulder with a length of around 39 inches.  Females generally do not weigh more than 77 pounds while males can weigh over 170 pounds.

Habitat and Distribution
This species is found only in the Philippines where it now covers just 9% of its original range.  It can be found through a wide range of habitats but generally keeps to dense forest.

Age
The average lifespan of this species in the wild is 10 to 15 years whilst 20 years is not uncommon in captivity.

Diet
This is an omnivorous species which will feed on a wide variety of roots, flowers, vegetables, fruits and earthworms.

Groups and Breeding
Females will live in small groups with their young for some time, however they are fairly solitary animals other than this.  During the mating season the males grow the hair on their head and slightly down their back which is thought to both make them look bigger and more intimidating towards other males as well as offering some protection during fighting.  A female will choose a new mate every year and produce 2 to 4 piglets after a gestation of 118 days.

Threats
This species is becoming very rare in the wild, with the other sub species of this pig already believe to be extinct in the wild.  Hunting and damage to its habitat means that this species looks to be quickly following suit.

Interesting facts
Baby warty pigs are born with stripes to help them blend in to their dense forest habitat.