Pig Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

What kind of animals are pigs? What do they look like? Where do they live? What do they eat? How do they grow? This lesson will answer all of these questions and teach you lots of fun facts about pigs!

What Are Pigs?

What do you call a pig thief? A hamburglar!

How do pigs write secret messages? With invisible oink!

What do you get when you cross a dinosaur with a pig? Jurassic Pork!

There are lots of funny jokes about pigs, but what kind of animal is a pig? Keep reading to learn more about these cute and fun animals!

Pigs are mammals, which is a type of animal that is warm-blooded, has hair, and gives birth to live babies. Pigs can be lots of different sizes, but the biggest pigs can weigh up to 700 pounds! That's heavier than a piano!

Pigs have curly tails and short legs. They can come in several different colors. Pigs can also be called hogs or swine. Male pigs are called boars, and female pigs are called sows.

Where Do Pigs Live?

Pigs can live on farms or in the wild all over the world. Farmers usually keep pigs in a pigpen. Pigs usually live and get along with other pigs. They snort and grunt to communicate with each other! Sometimes pigs live in warm climates, so they roll in the mud to cool their bodies off. Because of this, people think pigs are dirty animals, but that is actually not true! If they live in cool enough places, pigs keep their bodies very clean!

a pig rolling in the mud
pig in mud

What Do Pigs Eat?

People sometimes say that pigs eat slop, but that is actually corn and soybean meal that farmers give to them. Meal is just a type of grain, like corn or soy, that has been ground into tiny pieces. Pigs can also find their own food, and they use their snouts to dig for roots and worms. In the wild, they may eat roots and fruit, along with small rodents. They also need to drink lots of water to stay healthy!

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