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Porcupine spines can be over half a meter long. When disturbed, porcupines ruffle up their spines, making themselves look twice their size. The tail spines are hollow. When rubbed against each other, they produce a discouraging, rattling sound. If the predator still approaches, the porcupine will turn its posterior and ram its spines into the predator.


ClassificationOrder: rodents (rodentia); Family: old world porcupines (hystricidae)
HabitatLowlands and tropical mountain forests, steppes, semi-dry deserts, cultivated landscapes and plantations
ReproductionGestation period: 93–105 days, on average one litter per year, 1–3 offspring
DietIn addition to tubers, roots, shoots, fruit and insects, they also gnaw on bones.

Status according to Red List

More information you will get on the web page of the IUCN Red List.

Verbreitung Südafrikanisches Stachelschwein