As Africa’s smallest and most colorful swine species, red river hogs have reddish bodies with a white stripe running down their back. Both sexes have tusks, but only males have warts in front of their eyes. Adults can reach up to five feet in length and weigh up to 285 pounds. These hogs feast on a diverse diet that ranges from grasses and fruit to small animals. They live in groups of up to 15 individuals led by a dominant male.
Interesting Fact 1
Red river hogs are excellent swimmers and were partially named for their tendency to traverse rivers.
Interesting Fact 2
These opportunistic eaters use their short legs to chase after prey and their sturdy teeth to plow up roots.
Interesting Fact 3
Males use their strong tusks to mark territory by scraping tree trunks.
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