Domestic pig

Latin Name
Sus scrofa

Class
Mammals

Order
Artiodactyla

Description

Pigs vary greatly depending on breed, though most are short, fleshy creatures sparsely covered in hair.


 

Range

Domesticated around the world


Status

Thriving


Habitat

Pens, often containing sties, muddy puddles in which pigs wallow.


Niche

Pigs, also known as hogs, are omnivores, eating everything from grains to greens to table scraps. Lacking sweat glands, pigs wallow (coat themselves in mud) in order to protect their sensitive skin from the sun.


Life History

Pigs are believed to have been domesticated from wild boar as early as 9000 BC


Special Adaptations

A well-developed sense of smell enables pigs to detect food buried in soil.



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