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