Crested porcupine

Drew Avery

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.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Algeria
2016
Angola
2016
Benin
2016
Burkina Faso
2016
Cameroon
2016
Central Af. Rep.
2016
Presence Uncertain
Chad
2016
Côte D’ivoire
2016
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2016
Presence Uncertain
Egypt
2016
Possibly Extinct
Eritrea
2016
Ethiopia
2016
Gambia
2016
Ghana
2016
Guinea-Bissau
2016
Italy
2016
Kenya
2016
Liberia
2016
Libya
2016
Mali
2016
Mauritania
2016
Morocco
2016
Niger
2016
Nigeria
2016
Rwanda
2016
Senegal
2016
Sierra Leone
2016
Somalia
2016
Sudan
2016
Tanzania
2016
Togo
2016
Tunisia
2016
Uganda
2016

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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