For the safety of our community, all Queensland Museum Network locations are temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Stay safe and read more.


Sus scrofa

Sus scrofa


Body length 120 cm; tail length 20 cm; weight up to 120 kg. Usually black, but any colour is possible. Old males have thickened shoulders and well-developed, coarse, erectile manes.

Habitat and Range:

Rainforest to mangroves, throughout most non-urban habitats covered by the limits of this book. Also watercourses and floodplains throughout mainland Australia. Practically worldwide.


In hot weather usually found within 2 km of water. Eats almost anything from grass, roots, fruit and insects to eggs, reptiles, mammals and carrion. Environmentally destructive and a reservoir of Ross River fever.


Mud wallows; freshly ‘ploughed’ ground; igloo-like farrowing nests made of grass and other vegetation.

Queensland Museum's Find out about... is proudly supported by the Thyne Reid Foundation and the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.