Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Mammalia
                 Family : Erethizontidae
  Scientific Name : Erethizon Dorsaum

                      Size : 50 - 90cm (20 - 35in)
                 Weight : 5.4 - 16kg (12 - 35lbs)
           Top Speed : 3km/h (2mph)
            Life Span : 8 - 12 years

                Colour : Brown, Grey,
                                Black, Yellow
           Skin Type : Spikes
Special Features : Broad, stout body 
                                and toxic spikes
  1. Porcupines are one of the largest rodents in the world.
  2. They are found in Asian, European, American and some African Jungles and forests.
  3. Though they are believed to be from the same family as the Hedgehogs, their DNA is not that old.
  4. There are around 30 species of porcupines found in their native habitat.
  5. Depending on the species they vary in size from 50-90cm.
  6. Some porcupines may weigh as less as 1kg whereas some may weigh as much as 12kg.
  7. They are mostly grey or brown in color with some rare species being white in color too.
  8. The quills of the porcupine are sharp and needle-like and are around 7cm in length, much longer than those of hedgehogs.
  9. The quills are venomous, painful and difficult to remove from the skin of the porcupine’s attacker.
  10. Some of the large predators of porcupines have died due to infection from the quills.
  11. Porcupines are omnivores feeding primarily on roots, leaves, berries, insects, eggs and small reptiles.
  12. They are quite vocal during the mating season.
  13. The female porcupine gives birth to a single pup after a 7-month gestation.
  14. The quills of a newborn pup are very soft and need time to harden up.

 

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