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Unread postby oddesy » Sun May 04, 2008 5:07 pm

Hi One-a-B,

Warthogs are omnivores, they mostly feed on grasses, roots , fruits and other such vegetation, but they will also eat carrion if they happen to come across it in the veld, but they will not "catch" the animal, only if it is already dead will they eat it.
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Unread postby Mike1916 » Sun May 04, 2008 5:55 pm

I have never seen this in the park so therefore i would also have been confused....but thanks oddesy5466 for that interesting explination! :clap:
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Unread postby Jeanus » Tue May 06, 2008 8:24 am

Just a bit of an addition. Warthogs need a lot of protein in their diet. One is therefore much more likely to see them eating carrion as you go into winter when the quality of the vegetarian component of their diet deteriorates. They are also an indicator species as their health quickly deteriorates if there is a problem with the quality of the veldt.
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Unread postby bishop3006 » Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:39 pm

Shangri-la (Interesting book, read it long ago, btw)

Relatively new to the forums and reading through I came on your following un-answered question:

shangri-la wrote:
The Warthog has tusks made of?

There were 4 Answers

A) Ivory
B) Bone
C) White whiskers that are shaped like tusks
D) It has no tusk

What do think the answer should be?


First of all, as you know by now, #D is wrong, as they have tusks - that you can see on all the photos. BTW, speaking of the photos and some of the tuskers shown, the longest tusks ever recorded was 60.96 cm along the ourside curve. Now THAT musta been a sight! But of course anywhere between one-third up to as much as half of the tusk is buried in the skull.

But despite those upper tusks looking dangerous and formidable, it is actually the lower tusks that are the dangerous ones. Similar to hippo, they are actually constantly sharpened by grinding against the upper tusks.

Getting back to your question, #C is also wrong. There they refer to the rhino, whose horn is not horn, but hair. But also to the white whiskers just behind the upper tusk which, if one looks quickly, can be mistaken for the tusks.

As far as I know the answer is actually #A. The tusk is also made of ivory, but of different texture than that of the elephant.

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Unread postby Peter Betts » Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:43 pm

Warthogs Canine Teeth eventually grow and form tusks...used for fighting and rooting
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Unread postby JEG » Mon May 17, 2010 7:30 pm

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Warthogs mating near Mlondozi Dam.

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Unread postby BushFairy » Sun May 23, 2010 4:50 pm

Some Addo Warthogs :)

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Unread postby Richprins » Sun May 23, 2010 6:20 pm

Nice pics, all! :thumbs_up:

JEG, very rare to photograph them mating, IMHO! :shock:

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Unread postby adw » Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:02 pm

Seen on the S25 at the beginning of June.
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Unread postby BushFairy » Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:38 pm

A warthog having a whale of a time in Addo :D

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Unread postby ossendryver » Sun Dec 12, 2010 4:44 pm

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Unread postby Boorgatspook » Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:21 pm

A warthoggie from Mokala National Park..

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Unread postby Vlakvarkvrou » Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:01 pm

Something to make you smile - video of a chewing warthog (pruimende vlakvark) on the H10 in the KNP :D

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Unread postby Lady 459 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:20 pm

Also want to play cricket with the players at Skukuza
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Unread postby Leeukos » Sat May 19, 2012 12:07 pm

Saw this Warthog close to Krokodil-brug in the southern parts of the Kruger National Park.

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