Collared Peccary

The peccary has a striking resemblance to a wild boar.  It has a large, angular head, a circular snout, small ears, a barely visible tail, and huge canines (which do not protrude from the lips). The coarse fur has a dark brown colour with a light brown or white lining that extends like a collar from the lower jaw to the back

Peccaries evolved some 30 million years ago from pig-like ancestors in Europe. They reached their current home in the Americas some three million years ago.

Did you know, peccaries walk on the middle two toes of the foot. The other toes are greatly reduced dewclaws (like dogs) located higher on the leg?

Collared peccaries trample and dig out the soil to create cool mud wallows, especially when nearby sources of water have dried out. These wallows become distinct ecosystems for frogs and other semi-aquatic animals.

 

Collared Peccary