Babirusa Skull Replica
The Babirusa is native to several islands in Indonesia. The male of this species grows two sets of large canine tusks. The upper set of canines penetrates the snout vertically and are little more than ornamentation. The lower canines are used in an offensive manner.
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Babirusa Skull Replica measures 11.8 inches. Babirusa Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Tusk: 3.7 inch, Horns: 10.25 inch. Academy of Natural Sciences specimen. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Made in USA. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.
The Babirusa or Babyrousa babyrussa, also called deer pig are a genus, Babyrousa, in the pig family (Suidae) found in Wallacea, or specifically the Indonesian islands of Sulawesi, Togian, Sula and Buru.
The Babirusa or Babyrousa babyrussa head and body measures 85 to 110 cm; tail, 20 to 32 cm and their height is 65 to 80 cm at the shoulder. The babirusa or deer pig has a rounded body, somewhat pointed snout, and relatively long, thin legs.
Males are larger than females. Depending on the subspecies, the skin may be rough and brownish gray with only a few dark bristles, brown to black coat, markedly lighter on the underside, or long, thick golden cream-colored or black coat. The skin often has large folds or wrinkles.
The Babirusa or Babyrousa babyrussa most dramatic physical features are its tusks. The upper canines of males never enter the mouth cavity but rather grow upward, pierce through the top of the snout and curve backward toward the forehead. They may reach a length of 30 cm.
Female Babirusa or Babyrousa babyrussa upper canines are small or absent. These tusks are brittle and loose in their sockets, apparently useless as offensive weapons, but they may help to shield the face while the dagger like lower tusks are used in fighting.
There is also evidence that on some islands these tusks are used to interlock and hold an opponent’s tusks, and on other islands they are used for butting.
The babirusa, deer pig or Babyrousa babyrussa prefers moist forests and canebrakes near the shores of rivers and lakes. They avoid dense shrub vegetation.
The babirusa, unlike most other suids, does not appear to use its snout to root for food. It is also a more specialized feeder, primarily eating foliage, fallen fruit, and fungi.
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