COMMON NAME (SCIENTIFIC NAME)Sus scrofa domesticus
DIETRoots and tubers, produce, eggs, grasses, frogs, snakes, and other small vertebrates
RANGEOriginally Vietnam; Southeast Asia
HABITATFarms and pastures
Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs originated from Southeast Asia.
Pigs’ skin is sparsely covered in hair, making them very sensitive to the sun. They often wallow in the mud to stay cool and protect their skin from sunburn and insects.
Pigs have poor vision but have excellent senses of smell and hearing. They use their sense of smell to seek out food in the soil and then use their snout for rutting and foraging.
While smaller than many other species of domestic pigs, pot-bellied pigs often weigh over 100 pounds when fully grown.
Escaped domestic pigs can revert to wild boars in looks and behavior within three generations. They become a destructive invasive species in many areas of the world.
Pigs are omnivores. They eat vegetation including roots and tubers, produce, eggs, grasses, frogs, snakes, and other small vertebrates.
Our pigs’ names are Penelope and Helga!