Feral pigs in Australia descend from domestic swine, but look more similar to Eurasia’s wild boar than their domestic counterparts. They tend to have sparse, coarse hair on lean and muscular frames, well-developed necks and shoulders that taper to short hindquarters. Colouration is predominantly black, rust-coloured or black and white spotted. Females are usually smaller and weigh less (50–60 kg) than males (80–100 kg). Pigs have keen senses of smell and taste and good hearing, but their eyesight is generally considered to be poor.
Feral pigs are highly social and intelligent animals that naturally form groups, known as ‘mobs’, or ‘sounders’ in the United States. These groups are usually less than 12 individuals, although they can be as large as 400 if conditions are right. Feral pigs are most active from late afternoon to early morning.
|Documents||PestSmart Factsheet: Feral pig (650 Kb PDF)|
|Links||PestSmart: Feral pigs|
|Author||Invasive Animals CRC|
|Publisher||Invasive Animals CRC|
|Region||Australia - national|