Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

African Crested Porcupine


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Hystrix cristata
PROFILE:

African crested porcupines are animals characterized by quills along the head, nape, and back that can be raised into a crest to create an illusion of greater size. The quills are mainly used for defensive purposes and lie beneath a layer of fur. Despite popular misconception, the porcupine cannot shoot its quills, so do not be afraid to look closely into their habitat along Snout Route to see them sleeping, as they are nocturnal.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, rodent
NATIVE TO:
Italy, North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern
DIET:
Primarily an herbivore; occasionally consumes insects or small vertebrates.
LIFESPAN:
Up to 20 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Solitary forager
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