Due to hunting these animals is rather shy and tries to keep away from human congregation but in protected areas are seen at ease in groups of about 30. Their habitat is close to forest cover in dry and wet zones and is spread across the island. The males grow formidable tusks that could inflict heavy injury to hunters. These omnivorous mammals are considered as pests as they cause heavy damages to home gardens and plantations in search of plants. They are also known to scavenge for meat but are not known to hunt other animals. Very commonly seen in national parks.