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Sus scrofa

Wild hog
Wild boar
Feral pig

Not native to Florida

Citrus Co. FL 05/18/19
Wild hogs can be found throughout Florida, preferring oak-cabbage palm hammocks, freshwater marshes and sloughs, pine flatwoods and open agricultural areas.
Wild pigs in Florida can grow to over 150 pounds (68 kg) and be 1.5-1.8m (5-6 ft.) long. Coloring is highly variable. The favorite food is acorns, but they will eat almost anything.
Feral pigs are a problem because of the damage they do to the habitat, tearing up large large areas of ground and often destroying local populations of rare plants.
These animals breed profusely and are ancestors of pigs that have escaped from domestication over the years as far back as from the early Spanish explorers and colonists in Florida.


A razorback hog charging past backpackers on the Cumberland Trail in Tennessee.
Citrus Co. FL 05/18/19

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Sus scrofa is a member of the Suidae - Hogs and Pigs family.


For more information on this species, visit the following link:
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission page for this species

Date record last modified: Oct 09, 2019

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