Our Animals

North American Porcupine

Our Porcupines, Lois & Spike

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

Porcupine Quills

North American porcupines often look very soft, however the soft hair only hides their sharp quills. Porcupine quills are modified hair, 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. Baby Porcupines are born with soft quills that will harden in a few days after birth.

Common Name North American Porcupine

Scientific Name Erethizontidae dorsatum

Type Mammal

Status Least Concern

Diet Herbivore

Geographic Range Canada, United States and Northern Mexico

Life Span 10 Years

Offspring 1 - 4 Porcupettes