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The name Porcupine means ‘one who rises up in anger’. These nocturnal species are difficult to find in the daytime as they love to sleep during the day. Known as master-climbers, Porcupines have strong feet, curved claws and flat paws for climbing trees. Some also use their strong tail to climb trees.

The North American Porcupine (Erethizon Dorsatum) average weight for the male is 5.5kgs (12lbs) with the female being 4.5kgs (9.9lbs); the average height is between 60–100cm (23.6–39.3ins); their lifespan is usually 10 years or more

Porcupines don’t hibernate; they prefer to dwell in shaded places, like forests, hills, grasslands and desserts. They prefer to pick a cave, a tree or a snow bank where they hide from predators; these are called dens.

Being herbivores, porcupines feed mostly on leaves, pine-needles, thistles, weeds, herbs, twigs, thin bark of trees, etc. They use their sharp and strong teeth to chew through tough wood and seeds and their long incisors are used to tear off bark.

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Porcupines are renowned for the thick, rigid quills that cover their entire body, except for their face and the underside of the tail. They protect them against predators such as Big Cats (Lions, Lynx, Etc, Etc, Etc.), Bears, Coyotes, Foxes and most other animals including humans. Quills lost in self defence are soon replaced by new ones. Although porcupines are not aggressive, it is better to stay away as being pierced by these quills is extremely painful and in some cases could even be fatal.

The end of summer or early autumn is the mating season for porcupines. Babies known as porcupettes are born with soft quills that harden in a few hours. Six months later they have learned to survive on their own, they are ready to leave their mother’s.

The common porcupine (A.K.A. the North American Porcupine) can be found in wooded regions from Mexico to Alaska.

In the past Native Americans used quills to decorate clothing, moccasins, headdress, birch bark boxes, pouches and also hairpins. Porcupines were also an important source of food.

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Today, some people believe the Porcupines to be dangerous animals, but in reality these shy beings can be very useful to other living creatures. Feeding mostly on common tree species, they ensure a better natural lighting in thick woods by chewing off leaves from the trees’ foliage.

Because their sight is poor they may sometimes fall out of trees.

Contrary to popular myth, Porcupines can’t shoot their quills.

Porcupine quills are hollow and have spines on the end that make them hard to pull out.

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The African Crested Porcupine (Hystrix Cristata) is the largest porcupine on earth. This rodent is 63–73cm (25–29ins) long and weighs about 8–23kgs (18–51lbs). There are black and white quills on the neck and back. The tips of the quills on the tail are narrow and hollow. These circular quills can range up to 51cm (20ins) in length. They make a rattling sound when the crested porcupine feels threatened. The underside of the porcupine is covered with rough, dark brown or black bristles. It is called a crested porcupine because the back quills can be erected into a crest. The crest starts from the top of the head and extends down to the shoulders.

There are 23 species of Porcupine each with their own scientific name and falling into two family groups:

  1. Hystricidae – Old World Porcupines with 11 species in this family. They tend to be fairly large and have quills that are grouped in clusters. They are mostly terrestrial (ground-dwelling) creatures living mainly in long, low galleries.


  2. Erethizontidae – New World Porcupines with 12 species in this family. They tend to be smaller in comparison and have quills that are attached singularly, rather than in groups. They are excellent climbers and spend most of their time in trees.

The Hystricidae family are: Atherurus Africanus (African Brush-Tailed Porcupine), Atherurus Macrourus (Asiatic Brush-Tailed Porcupine), Hystrix Cristata (African Porcupine), Hystrix Africaeaustralis (Cape Porcupine), Hystrix Hodgsoni (Himalayan Porcupine), Hystrix Indicus (Indian Porcupine), Hystrix Brachyuran (Malayan Porcupine), Hystrix Javanica (Sunda Porcupine), Hystrix Sumatrae (Sumatran Porcupine), Thecurus Crassispinis (Bornean Porcupine), Thecurus Pumilis (Philippine Porcupine), Trichys Fasciculata (Long-Tailed Porcupine).

Erethizontidae family are: Coendou Prehensilis (Brazilian Porcupine), Coendou Bicolour (Bicolor-Spined Porcupine), Coendou Koopmani (Koopman’s Porcupine), Coendou Rothschildi (Rothschild’s Porcupine), Sphiggurus Mexicanus (Mexican Tree Porcupine), Sphiggurus Spinosus (South American Tree Porcupine), Sphiggurus Insidiosus (Bahia Hairy Dwarf Porcupine), Sphiggurus Pallidus ~Now Extinct~ (Pallid Hairy Dwarf Porcupine), Sphiggurus Vestitus (Brown Hairy Dwarf Porcupine), Sphiggurus Villosus (Orange-Spined Hairy Dwarf Porcupine), Erethizon Dorsatum (North American Porcupine), Echinoprocta Rufescens (Stump-Tailed Porcupine), Chaetomys Subspinosus (Bristle-Spined Porcupine).

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Medium Porcupines.
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Because there are so many Big & XL animations of I’m going to break them to 2 pages to help in a faster download.
For available Big versions Click Here for: Porcupines 01; Porcupines 02.
For available Xtra Large versions Click Here for: Porcupines 01; Porcupines 02.

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