Collared Peccary

If you spend any time at all in Big Bend country, you’re going to run across one of these fellows.  They look like a pig, but really are not!

 

Javelina

 

Taken from the Big Bend National Park website:

The collared peccary (Tayassu tajacu), commonly known as the javelina, is found as far south as Argentina and as far north as Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Collared peccaries are in the even-toed, hoofed mammal order of Artiodactyla. Javelinas are often called pigs but they really are not. They are in different family than pigs. There are several differences between the two animals, which are detailed below.

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~ by Derrick Birdsall on February 9, 2011.

4 Responses to “Collared Peccary”

  1. Good shot of the little guy. Interesting link too — you learn something new everyday.

    • PJ – thanks! I was able to inspect a javelina up close and personal later in the week when we came upon one who had died – most likely from exposure I’m guessing as there were no visible wounds and it was a young ‘un. How they are not related to pigs is a doozy to me because even up close they look like oinkers!

  2. Nice to be introduced to a new creature! It does look sort of like a pig but seems furrier. Anyways, nice shot!

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