Wild hogs are habitat generalists, meaning they are well adapted to survive in a very wide array of environments. From desert to sub-arctic conditions, these animals can survive and reproduce in almost any habitat on earth. Wild hogs usually prefer areas with easy access to water bodies, especially creeks, rivers, and swamps. Habitat preferences differ within regions of the state and with the time of year. Bedding areas tend to be near water or poorly drained areas with dense vegetation. Since wild hogs do not have functional sweat glands, they create wallows in muddy areas to cool their bodies and deter biting insects.