The warts on this animal actually protect its face during attack.
The warts on this animal actually protect its face during attack. Since it does not have a layer of fat under its skin, the warthog is susceptible to drastic temperature changes. To escape these extremes, it wallows in mud to cool down, or it enters its burrow and huddles with others to keep warm.
Red river hog, bush pig
CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)
ORDER: Artiodactyla (even-toed hooves)
FAMILY: Suidae (hog kind)
GENUS/SPECIES: Phacochoerus africanus and P. aethiopicus (common and desert warthogs)
Size: 2–5 ft long (0.9–1.5 m); 2 ft tall (0.6 m)
Weight: 110–330 lbs (50–150 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Grass, roots, bark, berries, sometimes carrion
Habitat: Savannas and forests of Africa