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|Species: Erethizon dorsatum|
Porcupines are usually a dark brown color, with lightly colored quills and guard hairs across their backs and outward facing parts of their limbs. As the second largest rodent in North America, they can be up to 3 feet long and up to 30 pounds!
Habitat & Range
North American porcupines live in woodland forests throughout Canada, the US, and Mexico.
North American porcupines are excellent climbers, and frequently spend time in the tops of trees. They are able to do so due to their long claws, pebbly-textured palms, excellent grip and balance, and strong tail.
Porcupines are quite near-sighted and slow-moving. They are nocturnal, meaning they are primarily nocturnal, and do not hibernate. Porcupines live alone, a mostly solitary life.
Porcupines mate during the fall after extensive courtship rituals. In the spring, female porcupines give birth to a single young that stays with them for up to six months. Baby porcupines, or porcupettes, do not reach adulthood until 2 years old.
Featured image by Shannon Mollerus.