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Indian Crested Porcupine

Indian Crested Porcupine

Animal's Behavior

Covered with hollow, rattling quills, the Indian crested porcupine will back into predators to stab them with its needle-sharp quills. Even tigers and leopards have been known to be injured by the porcupine. These animals are nocturnal, spending daytime hours in caves or burrows.

Eating Habits

Mostly vegetarian (eating fruit, grain and roots), the Indian crested porcupine will also gnaw on bones in search of calcium to strengthen its quills.


Southern Asia and the Middle East

Conservation Efforts

The Indian porcupine is highly adaptable to many varying environments, from grasslands to mountainsides.

Animal Facts

  • Porcupine young are born with their eyes open and are covered with short, soft quills.
  • The Indian porcupine is usually monogamous.
  • The Indian porcupine makes a great show of warning potential attackers by raising and rattling its quills.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Hystrix indica


Animalia, Chordata, Mammalia, Rodentia, Hystricidae

Place of Birth

Mountains, grasslands, scrublands and forests


3 feet long, 32 lbs.


Brown or black quills, with alternating bands of white


20 years

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Where to See

Audubon Zoo

Mailing address: Audubon Nature Institute 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
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