North American Porcupine

Erithizon dorsatum

Porcupines are rodents with sharp quills that protect them from predators. They are the third largest species of rodent behind the capybara and beaver. Its family consists of Old World and New World porcupines. New World porcupines are found in North America and part of South America, while Old World porcupines reside in Southern Europe, most of Africa, and parts of Asia.

Characteristics

The porcupine is the second largest rodent in North America. Their length is from 600 to 900mm, and they weigh between 5 to 14kg. Their coat ranges from dark brown to black. Porcupines’ spines are yellow…

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