Africa’s largest rodents, porcupines, also known as ‘Quill Pigs’ are prickly creatures, each one with more than 30,000 needle-like quills on their back, sides and tail. While searching for food they make grunting sounds and are most active during the night. Porcupines can’t shoot out their quills, but they will be easily released when predators get in touch with the animal. Lost quills are replaced with new quills. They use their strong feet and curved claws to climb the trees since they are excellent climbers.

Porcupines are herbivorous animals (eat only plants). They like to eat leaves, stem, bark, fruit…and can live solitary life (left on their own) or in the small groups of up to 6 members. During mating season, female initiates close contact with male. Couple usually gets 2 babies and both parents take care of their babies, babies are called porcupettes and they are born with soft quills which hardens in the next few hours. Young porcupine will leave its parents after couple of months and begin solitary life .Porcupines can live 15-18 years.


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