Name: Porcupine, Family Erethizontidae
Description: Short, round, four-legged mammal with coat of thick quills. Usually brown or grey.
Location: The Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa
Special Features: Porcupines are rodents
Hairless soles on its feet
May have as many as 30,000 quills
Excellent tree-climber spending much of its time in trees.
Diet: Herbivore, eating leaves, twigs and green plants like skunk cabbage and clover. Also eats bark in winter months.
Neat Fact: Contrary to popular belief porcupines cannot "throw" their quills, however, they do detach and may become embedded in an attacker.