The collared peccary (Pecari tajacu) is a species of mammal in the family Tayassuidae found in North, Central, and South America. They are commonly referred to as javelina, saíno or báquiro, although these terms are also used to describe other species in the family. The species is also known as the musk hog. In Trinidad, it is colloquially known as quenk.

Although somewhat related to the pigs and frequently referred to as one, this species and the other peccaries are no longer classified in the pig family, Suidae. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Photo Sandy Sage

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  1. Barbara Estinson says:

    You just taught me things I did not know about your javelinas, Sandy. Love that picture of the mama and baby javelinas …..!

  2. Di Anne Lewis says:

    To accompany your photo of South Double Diamond javelinas here’s an excerpt from your Dad’s wonderful LIVING IN PARADISE/ESSAYS FROM THE CHIHUAHUAN DESERT:

    “They forage for roots, bulbs, nuts, berries, fruit, and grass but their mainstays are the agave and the prickly pear. How they can eat the pad of a prickly pear with those wicked spines, I will never understand.”

    And I got to thinking that maybe we all manage to eat the fruits of a prickly pear in spite of its wicked spines. Hmm – – –

    • Sandy says:

      At the WalMart in Ft Stockton, they sell the prickly pear leaves with the spines removed. Not sure what I’d do with them, LOL.

  3. Jesse says:

    Another wildlife photo by Sandy, nice. Hey are Javelinas dangerous? Do they have any cool defense mechanisms you haven’t told us about? 🙂

    • Sandy says:

      They can be dangerous if they feel threatened. One almost killed the neighbors dog awhile back. They aren’t afraid of me when I yell shew or things like that.

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