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On this page you will find links to the best porcupine sites on the internet If you know of a porcupine site that should be listed here e-mail us the internet address and well post it Porcupine Links Porcupines WNR Magazine - Porcupines Porcupines African Crested Porcupines Porcupines Porcupines Order rodent A porcupines habitat and range forests deserts and grasslands of North and South America Africa Europe and Asia Porcupines can weigh from 2 to 60 pounds depending on the species A prickly coat of needle-sharp quills is the porcupines best defense Ordinarily the quills lay flat But if an enemy approaches the porcupine will raise the quills and spread them usually deterring the enemy If the animal is not deterred the quills may lodge in the enemys flesh when the porcupine brushes against the animal New quills grow in to relace the lost ones The porcupine cannot throw its quills There are two groups of porcupines They differ in habits and appearance The porcupines of the Americas also climb trees Some have been seen using their tails to hold on to branches In the winter the North American porcupine eats evergreen needles and bark When spring arrives they feed on leaves buds stems and fruit Depending on the species the gestation period is from 2 to 7 months bearing 1 to 4 young The life span of captive porcupines can be as much as 20 years The Future of the Porcupine They are nearsighted have a deep red shine to their eyes and four toes on each front foot and five toes on each hind foot But apparently looking different does not
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