Wild boar vs Warthog
Who would win a fight between these two extremely aggressive mammals?
Both feral hogs and warthogs are considered to be from the wild pig family,
just different species from different parts of the world.
Wild boar are the pig that is thought to have been domesticated over a period of thousands of years,
to give us our familiar domestic pig.
They can be a fearsome animal to encounter, as they have a powerful body-shape, they snort very loudly,
and they often have sharp tusks.
Warthogs are charismatic pigs native to Africa.
They may not be bringing home any beauty pageant awards,
but these spunky creatures are strong and intelligent.
Of African wildlife, warthogs are extremely flexible and capable of adapting to change,
which is one major reason their populations are stable.
Size and Description
Wild Boars can reach up to 440 pounds (200kg), occasionally even 660 pounds (300kg) for adult males,
and can be up to 6 feet (1.8 metres) long and stands up to 35 inches (90 cm) tall at the shoulder.
Wild boars have a typical domestic pig shape with a long, blunt snout, small eyes, and large ears.
They are more long-legged and appear more powerful than domestic pigs.
They may also have a small hump on the shoulder.
Wild boars have a very coarse coat with thick, short hairs.
They are usually brown, but can appear rusty-red or black.
Depending on the sub-species, both males and females may have tusks,
although these are almost always longer in males.
Their upper canine teeth typically measure 5 to 10 cm and are generally larger than their lower canines.
Common warthogs weigh 110 to 330 pounds (50 to 150 kg), with a body length between 0.9 to 1.5 meters
(3 to 5 feet), and a shoulder height ranges from 1.9 to 2.8 feet (65 to 85 cm).
Common warthogs have large upper tusks that are 10 to 25 inches long (25 to 64 cm).
It is easy, however, to recognize warthogs since each animal has a very massive head with two horn-like
growths on them.
These growths look like warts, hence the name.
Two sets of warts can be seen somewhere around their eyes too.
One thing that is quick to notice in a running warthog is its raised tail which looks like a waving flag.
Although warthogs are known to run slowly in short distance,
they have been seen to sprint with athletic velocity.
Range and Habitat
The Wild boars are commonly found and abundant animals, occurring throughout the globe,
except for Antarctica.
The natural habitat of this species covers parts of Europe and Asia.
Additionally, the Wild boars have been introduced to South and North America.
Currently, these animals are considered invaders throughout the southeastern United States and California.
Preferred types of habitat are grassy savanna areas, wooded forests, agricultural areas,
shrublands and marshy swamplands.
Overall, Wild boars live in areas with a constant source of water and dense vegetative cover to serve them as refuge from predators.
Home, sweet aardvark hole!
Warthogs live in Africa, in savanna woodland and grasslands, and they are not picky about their homes.
Instead of digging their own burrows, they find abandoned aardvark holes or natural burrows for homes.
This is where they raise their young, sleep, and hide from predators.
They usually back into the burrow, so they can use their sharp tusks to scare off any animal that bothers them.
Burrows also protect them from temperature extremes.
It may be hot at high noon or freezing in the middle of the night above ground,
but the warthog remains comfy it its burrow.
Wild boars are omnivores, and it has been said they will eat almost anything.
Their diet includes nuts, acorns, seeds, roots, fruit, rodents, and small reptiles.
They will occasionally eat carrion, such as downed livestock, wildlife, and the eggs of sea turtles.
Like most swine, warthogs are not picky eaters.
They’ll gobble up grass, roots, berries, tree bark, and even dead animals!
Common warthogs eat their own dung and the dung of rhinoceroses, African buffalos, waterbucks,
As you might suspect when you look at their big snout, warthogs are good sniffers.
It’s easy for them to smell things underground that they might want to eat.
Warthogs often kneel down on their front legs and use their muscular snout to dig up dinner.
They even shuffle along in the kneeling position if there are plenty of tasty things in the area.
Wild boars live in groups called sounders.
Sounders typically contain around 20 animals, but groups of over 50 have been seen.
In a typical sounder there are two or three sows and their offspring.
Adult male Wild Boars are not part of the sounder outside of the autumnal breeding season
and are usually found alone.
Birth, called farrowing, usually occurs in the spring.
Wild boars are usually nocturnal, foraging from dusk until dawn
but with resting periods during both night and day.
This is because hunters are most active during the day.
In many ways, the behavior of warthogs is similar to those of a domestic pig.
Warthogs are day creatures that spend the bulk of the living day lights in search of good food.
They are mostly found living together in groups of four or more which consist of the male,
sow and two piglets or yearlings.
And after a long day, they retreat for some peaceful night rest.
To this effect, they protect themselves in tunnels.
Warthogs are naturally very egregious animals.
We wrap this part up with what can be called Mud Bathing Exercise.
Warthogs can as often as possible be found at waterholes where they swim and energetically frolic in
mud or muddy water.
No wonder many African tribes refer to dirty people as human warthogs.
In a battle against the European wild hog and African warthog, who would win?
I have often wondered the answer to this question myself.
The wild boar is larger, in fact it can be even double in weight compared to the warthog.
Even if the warthog has a more aggressive appearance,
I think the wild pig is more dangerous and can easily kill a warthog, especially if he is angry.
I am waiting your opinion in the comments!