Our Animals

North American Porcupine

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North American Porcupines are excellent climbers and spend much of their time high in a tree.

Porcupine Quills

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

Type Mammal

Status Least Concern

Diet Herbivore

Geographic Range Found in North and South America

Life Span 10 Years

Offspring 1 - 4 Porcupettes