The Central African Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus massaicus) is a wild pig found in grassland, savanna, and woodland in Kenya and Tanzania.
The Central African Warthog is heavy-set, medium-sized black or brown hog, ranging from 1.0-1.5 metres (3-5 feet) long, with a mane of hair along its spine. The rest of the body has minimal hair.
It has two pairs of upward-curving tusks protruding from the mouth. One pair of tusks is the upper pair, and the second pair of tusks is the lower pair, which is shorter than the upper pair. The tusks, made of ivory, are used for digging, courtship, and fighting.
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Some mammals, such as warthogs, pigs, and walruses, have large long curved canine teeth called tusks.
Others, such as elephants, have long curved incisor teeth called tusks.
Mostly, animals have pairs of tusks. The narwhal has one long straight tusk.
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What are hippo’s teeth made of?
A hippopotamus is a large semi-aquatic mammal, with short, stumpy legs, and cylindrical bodies.
It has a large head, with a broad mouth that can open wide (like a crocodile).
Hippos are herbivores because they eat plants. Their incisor and canine teeth continue to grow throughout their lives.
Their teeth are like tusks and are made of ivory.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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