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South Texas MapColor the Javelina

Fun to Know :

This is a javelina (have-ah-lee-nah) mother and its young. Javelinas are black and gray with a lighter collar. The young are reddish to yellow-brown. They weigh up to 60 pounds, less than a large dog.

Javelinas have poor eyesight but excellent hearing. They have a special gland that creates a strong smell, so people say you will smell them before you see them! Javelinas' favorite food is prickly-pear cactus. People, mountain lions, bobcats and coyotes hunt javelina. Another name for this animal is a collared peccary.