Tuesday, June 1, 2010

THE INDIAN WILD BOAR | Sus scrofa Linnaeus


Scientific name : Sus scrofa Linnaeus

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Suidae
Genus: Sus
Species: S. scrofa
Binomial name : Sus scrofa

Local names :, Kattu panni Panni.

Habitat : Evergreen, semi evergreen and moist and dry deciduous forests and also in cultivated lands.

Distribution : All over Kerala.

Indirect evidences : Hoof marks, digging signs and nests made of leaf and twigs. When wild boar leaves an area after feeding it appears like a ploughed field.

Faecal matters : Found in the forest areas and is round or elongated in shape.

Colour : Brownish to black in colour.

Size : Diameter 2.3 to 2.4 cm.

Foot prints : Width of hoof marks may vary between 3.6 to 5.5 cm and length differ from 3.1 to 6.2 cm.

Nests : Made of leaf and twigs on the ground and will look like a small mount of leaf litter.

Where to look for the indirect evidences : Open areas in forest and also near cultivations near the forest.

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