Meet Lois & Spike
North American Porcupines are excellent climbers and spend much of their time high in a tree.
Porcupine quills are modified hair follicles, and are therefore shed in the same way as our own hair, simply by falling out. These quills typically lie flat but can be raised in defense if the porcupine feels threatened. The quills cannot be thrown at predators but do easily fall out, sometimes giving the illusion of being thrown.
Common Name Porcupine
Scientific Name Hystricidae, Erethizontidae
Status Least Concern
Geographic Range Found in North and South America
Life Span 10 Years
Offspring 1 - 4 Porcupettes