Sus scrofa domesticaPot-belly Pig


  • Suidae


  • Wild: Up to 10 years
  • Captivity: 12 to 15 years


  • Height: Shoulder height is 35-45 cm
  • Weight: Up to 150 lbs.


  • Vietnam


  • Wild: Omnivores, eating grasses, eggs, frogs, snakes, and fish
  • Zoo: Mazuri pig diet and lettuce

Habitat Pot-belly pig

  • Open woodlands


  • Pot-bellied pigs reach maturity at around 6 to 7 months of age.
  • Gestation lasts approximately 114 days and a mother may produce between 4 and 12 young.
  • The mother’s milk is the primary food for the first 2 to 3 months.

Special Adaptations

  • Pot-bellied pigs have terrible vision, but they have an excellent sense of smell and hearing.
  • They also have a snout, composed of a cartilaginous disc supported and strengthened by a pre-nasal bone, providing the pig with an excellent digging tool.
  • Law enforcement agencies have even employed pig sniffing power for drug searches.

Conservation Status

  • IUCN: Least Concern
  • CITES: Not Listed
  • Pot-bellied pigs are domestic, and therefore not listed as endangered or threatened

Pot-belly Pig


  1. CITES Appendices. Accessed December 2012.
  2. IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. Accessed December 2012.
  3. Sus (Linnaeus, 1758). Encyclopedia of Life. Accessed December 2012.

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