These tough rodents are named crested porcupines because they have quills that run from the head to the back and can be raised into a crest. These quills are a tool for self-defense. When the porcupine feels threatened, these quills vibrate and produce a hissing sound. The quills are also extremely sharp and can injure other animals, including lions!
The crested porcupine is the largest in the world. They are nocturnal animals, taking long trips of up to 15km (9.3 miles) each night searching for food! Sadly, these porcupines are treated by farmers as pests and persecuted and poisoned as they consume crops and plantations. They are also hunted for their meat as delicacies and quills as talismans and ornaments.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No