African Crested Porcupine

FACTS

· Second Largest Rodents in Africa

· Quills are 12”-13” long

· Quills are made of keratin like human hair

· They rub their quills in the mud, feces, and urine. If pricked by the quill a nasty bacterial infection will occur quickly

· Very territorial creatures. They also mate monogamously.

· Lifespan in Captivity: Approx. 25 years

· Lifespan in the Wild: Approx. 20 years

DESCRIPTION

Porcupines are rodents with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, that defend them from predators.

They are indigenous to the Americas, Southern Asia, Europe, and Africa.

Porcupines are the third largest of the rodents, behind the capybara and the beaver.

Most porcupines are about 25–36 in (64–91 cm) long, with an 8–10 in (20–25 cm) long tail. Weighing 12–35 lb (5.4–15.9 kg), they are rounded, large and slow.

Porcupines come in various shades of brown, gray, and the unusual white.

HABITAT

Porcupines occupy a short range of habitats in tropical and temperate parts of Asia, Southern Europe, Africa, and North and South America.

Porcupines live in forests, deserts, rocky outcrops and hillsides.

Some New World porcupines live in trees, but Old World porcupines stay on the rocks.

Porcupines can be found on rocky areas up to 3,700 m (12,100 ft) high. Porcupines are generally nocturnal but are occasionally active during daylight.

DIET

The common porcupine is a herbivore. It eats leaves, herbs, twigs and green plants like clover and in the winter it may eat bark.

The North American porcupine often climbs trees to find food.

The African porcupine is not a climber and forages on the ground. It is mostly nocturnal but will sometimes forage for food in the day.

Source: Wikipedia

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