Project Description

(Hystrix cristata)

The African Crested Porcupine is the largest porcupine in the world.

The black and white quills along the head and back of this spiny mammal can be raised into a crest. These sturdy, sharp quills, which are about 14 inches long and marked with alternating light and dark bands, provide highly effective protection against predators.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Italy and Northern Africa

Weight: 22 - 66 lbs

Size: 24 - 33 inches length

Lifespan: 20 years in the wild

Diet: African Crested Porcupines are herbivorous rodents that eat bark, roots, tubers, rhizomes, bulbs, fallen fruits, and cultivated crops.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

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