Wild: 15 years
Captivity: 20 years
Prickle or herd
Solitary / Small Groups
Name of Young
Did you know?
- The crested porcupine is a terrestrial rodent. They seldom climb trees, but can swim. Hollow quills allow them to stay buoyant.
- At birth, a porcupine's quills are white and soft, although t hey will begin to harden within hours. A baby porcupine's eyes are open at birth and their incisors are already crowing shortly after.
- To defend themselves, they raise and fan their quills, stamp their feet, and charge their disturber or attacker. However, porcupines cannot throw their quills. They can rattle their quills: this sound is known as "quivering".
- Porcupines are nocturnal, meaning active at night. Crested porcupines are often solitary, but may live together in small groups. They sometimes take over the burrows of sulcata tortoises.
- Porcupines are precocial meaning, they have a high degree of independent activity at birth.
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