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Collared Peccary, Javelina (Pecari tajacu)
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Collared Peccary, Javelina (Pecari tajacu)

General Information: Collared Peccary, or Javelina (Pecari tajacu), are medium-sized pig-like mammals growing to about 3 feet in length and weighing 30-50 pounds. The fur is dark overall (mix of black and white hairs), with a light line curving from the middle of the back, down this sides, and onto the chest, which makes the "collar." Modified incisor teeth form long tusks. Collared peccary release a strong musk, sometimes revealing their presence even if they can't be seen. Young animals are yellowish brown in color with a black stripe down the back.

Taxonomy: Order: Artiodactyla (Even-toed Hoofed Mammals); Family: Tayassuidae (Peccary).

Collared Peccary, Javelina (Pecari tajacu)

Technical Description:

Breeding: Herds include animals of both sexes and all ages, but only the dominant male mates. Mating is tied to rainfall rather than a specific season.

Diet: Mostly plant material such as fruit, roots, grasses, and cactus, but they will also eat bugs and small animals.

Collared Peccary, Javelina (Pecari tajacu)

Range: Southern Arizona and southern Texas, south into central South America.

Comments: Collared peccaries are social, diurnal creatures that live in groups of up to about 50 individuals. They normally ignore humans but will defend themselves if threatened, especially if they feel the young are threatened. Collared peccaries have long, sharp tusks with which they can slash a predator or unsuspecting human.

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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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