Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine

Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine

Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine-1With sharp spines, a big, round nose, and a tail they can hang from, prehensile-tailed porcupines are nocturnal vegetarian rodents. They have short, thick spines, and their body color runs from yellowish to orange-rust to brown to almost black. They weigh 4 to 11 pounds (2 to 5 kg). Their bodies are 300 to 600 millimeters long, and their tails are almost as long as their bodies, adding another 330 to 485 millimeters. Like howler monkeys, these porcupines use their prehensile tails for grasping and hanging. These tails have no spines, and the upper side near the end has a callus pad.

Conservation Status: Least Concern
Least Concern - LC

Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine-1 Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine

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Here are a few fun facts:

  • In the wild, prehensile-tailed porcupines can be pretty tough. They have been known to bite and hit those who attack or try to capture them.
  • They stamp their hind feed when excited and curl up in a ball if caught.
  • They sleep during the day in the upper canopy of trees, but they have also been found resting on lower limbs and in hollow trunks.

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