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The collared peccary
(Pecari tajacu)
walrus
Description
They have a pig-like snout, a large head and shoulders and small legs with hoofed feet. They have grizzled gray and brown bristly fur, a collar of white or yellowish fur around its neck and small, straight tusks. They have a musk gland at the top of the rump which they use to identify members of their group and to mark their territory. They are also known as the javelin.
Dimensions
They are about 3 ft 3 inches to 4 ft 11 inches long, and stand around 20 to 24 inches in tall at the shoulder. They weigh between 35 and 60 lb.
Diet
They normally feed on fruits, roots, tubers, palm nuts, grasses, invertebrates, and small vertebrates.
Habitat & Range
They live in brushy desert areas and rocky canyons. They are usually found near a water source. They are a widespread creature found throughout much of the tropical and subtropical Americas, ranging from the Southwestern United States to northern Argentina in South America.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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