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Wart hog


Wart hog
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Copyright: Farid Radjouh (ridfa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1 D MK III, Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 IS USM, Compact Flash Card
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-03 21:16
Viewed: 4771
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Warthogs range in size from 0.9 to 1.5 metres (2.9-4.9 feet) in length and 50 to 150 kg (110-330 pounds) in weight. A warthog is identifiable by the two pairs of tusks protruding from the mouth, which are used as weapons against predators. The upper canine teeth can grow to 9 inches (23 cm), and are of a squashed circle shape in cross section, almost rectangular, being about 1 in (4.5 cm) deep and 1 in (2.5 cm) wide. The tusk will curve 90 degrees or more from the root, and the tusk will not lie flat on a table, as it curves somewhat backwards as it grows. The tusks are used for digging, for combat with other hogs and in defence against predators -- the lower set can inflict severe wounds.
Warthog ivory is taken from the constantly growing canine teeth. Each warthog has a pair of teeth in each jaw with the lower teeth being far shorter than the upper teeth. Both pairs grow upwards, with the upper teeth being by far the more spectacular in appearance. The lower pair, however, are the more dangerous: the teeth are straight, sharply pointed, and keep a keen edge by the upper pair rubbing against the lower pair. The tusks, more often the upper set, are worked much in the way of elephant tusks with all designs scaled down. Tusks are carved predominantly for the tourist trade in East and Southern Africa.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-03 23:25]

Hi Farid,
I liked your timing and the scene you captured. TFS
Best wishes,
Selen

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-03-04 0:31]

Hi Farid,
What a nice line up, glistening ivory.The big guy on his knees. Well composed.
TFS
Badar

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