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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
  • Non-aggressive
  • Solitary animal
  • 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.

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