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What is a Javelina?


Javelina on the Road

Javelina on the Road

Len Nowak
Definition: The javelina is a dark grey peccary (not a pig) with a subtle white collar. Javelina live in semi desert areas of Mexico and Southwestern United States.

Javelina grow to be up to 19 inches tall and weigh 40-60 pounds. They can be found in rural and semi-urban areas. They are primarily herbivores dining on cacti, succulent plants, bulbs, tubers, beans and seeds.

They live and travel in groups. You'll know they are around as they have quite an odor about them!
Pronunciation: hah-vuh-lee-nuh
Also Known As: Peccary
Common Misspellings: Javilina
You can see Javelina at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. (singular and plural are the same)

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