interesting porcupine facts

December 14, 2009 | In: Animal facts for kids

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

Most porcupines are about 25–36 in (63–91 cm) long, with an 8–10 in (20–25 cm) long tail.

Porcupines occupy a wide range of habitats in tropical and temperate parts of Asia, Italy, Africa, and North and South America.

The porcupines found in North and South America are good climbers and spend much of their time in trees.

The quills do not cover the underside of the porcupine.

Porcupines do not shoot their quills at enemies.A porcupine has about 30,000 quills on its back, sides, and tail.

Porcupines feed on tree bark, branches and pine needles in the winter.

They have even been found on Mt. Kilimanjaro, as high up as 11,480 feet.

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