Sporting a majestic crest of long, sharp quills on its back, this porcupine stands out from its fellow members of the genus Hystrix. Its quills can reach an astonishing length of up to 50 cm (20 in), making it a true crown jewel of the porcupine world. It also has a set of large, curved claws that it uses to dig burrows and forage for food.
What sets the Indian crested porcupine apart from other species in its genus is its exceptional adaptability. Found in a diverse range of habitats, from grasslands to forests, this porcupine has successfully carved a niche for itself in the Indian subcontinent. They may not excel in climbing or jumping, but surprisingly, these porcupines are adept swimmers, effortlessly navigating through the water with agility.
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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