Holy Javelina

June 8, 2008 at 10:11 pm 6 comments

 

 

 

 

Thanks to my friend Spo at Spo-Reflections, I have become terribly fascinated by a javelina, otherwise known as a collared peccary.

A javelina is not a pig.  And they are social animals, traveling in large groups.  They can be agressive and it has been known that a human can be killed by a group of javelinas.

They can weigh up to 60 pounds and have razor sharp tusks.  In fact, the name javelina comes from the Spanish javelin (spear)  named for the tusks.    They are omnivores, eating small animals as well as roots, and a favorite food for the javelina is the prickly pear.

They have poor eyesight and good hearing and I did read that you probably will smell a javelina before you see one. (as they have a powerful musk glad on their rump.  They produce more odor when they get excited. )  They can live up to ten years in the wild and cannot be domesticated.

And they only have three toes, not four, like a pig.

So the next time you are in the Southwest, be on the lookout for our three toed friend, the Javelina.  I might be heading out to look up Spo and go on a javelina hunt.   I really should avoid the internet. 

Incedentally, I have put javelinas on the wallpaper of all the staff computers in the librarian’s office.  I was really on a kick.  I hope it ends soon.

Thanks to Spo for the content of this post.

 

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. urspo  |  June 9, 2008 at 4:45 am

    and they smell terrible
    but they are cute as a bug’s ear
    just don’t try to run away as they are faster
    at halloween they get your pumpkins.

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  • 2. Indigo  |  June 9, 2008 at 10:25 am

    So odd! Too bad that they can’t be domesticated. they’re kinda cute.

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  • 3. tigeryogiji  |  June 9, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    All of your librarian co-workers must love you! 😉

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  • 4. Steve Rebooted  |  June 10, 2008 at 4:40 am

    As a child, I spent Summers in a small town in Western Texas called Fort Davis. Javelinas were rampant in that area. I never got closer than a few hundred feet of them though. I was afraid of them.

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  • 5. Doug  |  June 10, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    What TigerYogi said. Between decorating your co-worker’s desk with Judy Garland stuff and putting javelinas on all the desktops, you’re a hoot at work!

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  • 6. JavelinaGuy  |  November 5, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I understand your obsession. I am the same way, they are one of the reasons I love the southwest.

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