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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Erethizontidae
Genus:Erethizon
Genus species:Erethizon dorsatum

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:45-55 cm
Weight:3-7 kg
Identification:The North American porcupine's body is covered with long guard hairs and quills.
Habitat:Forests
Diet:Herbivore: leaves, twigs, greed plants
Reproduction:The breeding season occurs in fall or early winter. Gestation lasts seven months. The one offspring stays with its mother for six months.
Both males and females mark their home range with urine.
Behavior:Porcupines are very good at climbing trees and are nocturnal.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This porcupine species is the second largest rodent found in the world. Their quills are actually modified hairs with barbs at the tips. Porcupines cannot throw their quills at an attacker - rather they hit the predator in the face with its tail, embedding the quills into the other animal's skin.

Other Information

Geographic:Western North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:rodent
North American porcupine
North American porcupine -- Infancy
Erethizon
Erethizontidae
Porcupines
Rodents
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata