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Peccary Collared
Peccary Collared
The common inhabitant of the tropics and subtropics of America.
Type: Chordates
Class: Mammals
Order: Artiodactyls
Family: Peccary plants
Genus: Peccary
Species: Collared Peccary
General Settings
  • The habitat ranges from the southern United States of America south to northern Argentina.
  • Length-75-100 cm, height-44-57 cm.
  • Weight – 16-30 kg.
  • They are omnivores, eat fruits, in search of which they stir up the litter and dig the ground with "piglets". The diet also includes roots, bulbs, invertebrates and small vertebrates.
  • Life expectancy – up to 20 years.

Peccary are often confused with pigs because of their external resemblance. The coat is grayish almost all over the body, except for the cheeks, where the coat has a yellowish color, and a whitish-yellow "collar" covering the mane, shoulders and neck, for which it was named.


Social behavior


Members of the society zealously protect their territory and each other from outsiders. Two members of the same herd greet each other by rubbing from head to rump. They live in herds that number from 5 to 15 individuals. They feed and sleep together.


Reproduction


Pregnancy lasts 141-151 days. From 1 to 4 cubs are born.


Species and people


For decades, peccary have been an important source of economic income because of their skins and as hunting trophies.


Interesting Facts


If a fight breaks out between the peccary, they start biting each other and beating each other with their fangs.

Peccary are active mainly at night, spending the day on the beds.

Current status in wildlife
  • Not
    evaluated
    NE
  • Data
    deficient
    DD
  • Data
    deficient
    lc
  • near
    threatened
    NT
  • vulnerable
    vu
  • endangered
    en
  • critically
    endangered
    cr
  • extinct
    in the wild
    ew
  • Extinct
    ex