Forest Animals

Wild Boar
Wild Boar
Class: Mammalia: Mammals Diet: Roots & Tubers
Order: Artiodactyla: Even-toed Ungulates
Size: body: 1.1 - 1.3 m (3 1/2 - 4 1/2 ft), tail: 15 - 20 cm (6 - 7 3/4 in)
Family: Suidae: Pigs Conservation Status: Non-threatened 
Scientific Name: Sus scrofa Habitat: forest, woodland
Range: Southern and central Europe, Northwestern Africa; through Asia to Siberia, south to Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Southeast Asia; introduced in USA

Size of Wild BoarThe ancestor of the domestic pig, the wild boar has a heavy body covered with dense, bristly hair, thin legs and a long snout. The male has prominent tusks derived from the canine teeth. Wild boars live alone or in small groups of up to 20, with males separate from, but remaining close to, the females. Active at night and in the morning, they forage over a wide area for food, digging for bulbs and tubers and also eating nuts and a variety of other plant material, as well as insect larvae and, occasionally, carrion.

An agile, fast-moving animal, the wild boar is aggressive if alarmed; males use their strong tusks for defense. The breeding season varies according to regional climate, but in Europe, wild boars mate in winter and give birth to a litter of up to 10 striped young in spring or early summer after a gestation of about 115 days.

Range of Wild Boar
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