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Porcupine

Genus
Erethizon
Species
dorsatum
Life Span
5 to 7 years in the wild, 10 years in captivity
Geographic Range
Found in North and South America
Offspring
1-4 porcupettes
Conservation Status
Least concern
Fun Fact
Porcupines have about 30,000 quills about 5 inches long and will only lodge their quills if they feel threatened or attacked; otherwise they are very peaceful animals. Porcupines have also been linked to deer because they can retain nitrogen from their food, and survive the winter on a bark diet.