Collared Peccary (Dicotyles tajacu) and prickly pear cactus Sonora Desert near Tucson Arizona USA. Photo byt Hal Brindley

Daily Creature 29: Collared Peccary

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Collared Peccary (Dicotyles tajacu) and prickly pear cactus Sonora Desert near Tucson Arizona USA. Photo byt Hal Brindley

Collared Peccary (aka Javelina)

(Pecari tajacu)

Collared Peccaries in the southwest United States commonly eat prickly pear cactus!

Though they may look like pigs, the peccaries (3 existing species in Central and South America) have several major differences from their old world counterparts, including a strong-smelling gland on the rump used for marking and communication.

They are also a very vocal species, which is often attributed to their poor vision.

Photo: Collared Peccary eating a prickly pear cactus in the Sonora Desert near Tucson, Arizona, USA.

baby javelinas crossing road (Dicotyles tajacu) Sonora Desert near Tucson Arizona USA. Photo by Hal Brindley
baby javelinas crossing road. Tucson, Arizona

Collared Peccary (Pecari tajacu) Sonora Desert near Tucson Arizona USA photo by Hal Brindley

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