Scientific name: Hystrix cristata

Family name: Hystricidae

Classification: Mammal

IUCN status: Least Concern

Lifespan: 15-20years

Weight: 13 – 27kg

Length: 60 – 83cm

Top speed: 30mph

Diet: Herbivore: bark, roots, tubers, rhizomes, bulbs, fallen fruits and cultivated crops, complementing their diet with insects and small vertebrates.

Habitat: forests, rocky and mountainous areas, croplands and sandhill deserts.

Range: Italy, Sicily and the Mediterranean coast of Africa up to northern Zaire and Tanzania.

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