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 White-lipped Peccary (Tayassu pecari)




White-lipped Peccary | Tayassu pecari photo
White-lipped Peccary with young.

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WHITE-LIPPED PECCARY FACTS

Description
The White-lipped Peccary is dark brown to black with white markings along the jaw from the neck to the chin. The hair is coarse and bristly. The young are reddish brown with some brown, black stripe on back, and cream underside of throat and neck. White-lipped peccaries have large, sharp canines

Size
Head and body length: 75-100cm. Weight 25-40kg

Environment
desert scrub, arid woodland, and rain forest.

Food
fruit, leaves, roots, seeds, mushrooms, worms and insects. Occasionally eat frogs, small snakes, lizards, eggs and carrion

Breeding
One to three young are born after gestation period of about 160 days. Young can run within a few hours of birth.

Range
southern Mexico, Central America and into South America

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Tayassuidae
Genus:Tayassu
Species:pecari
Common Name:White-lipped Peccary