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Crested Porcupine

Hystrix cristata

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Fact File

Average size

60-80cm in length


Average 13kg

Litter size

1-2 porcupettes

life span

Average 28 years

The Crested Porcupine boasts a distinctive mane of quills on its back. Nocturnal and herbivorous, these rodents are skilled diggers, creating extensive burrow systems for shelter.


Known for their sharp defensive quills, they can rattle them to create a warning sound before employing them in self-defence.

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Did you know?!

Crested Porcupines are monogamous and often form lifelong bonds with their mates, sharing parenting duties in family units.

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