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Porcupine

Vocabulary

  • Herbivore – an animal that feeds on plants.
  • Pelt – an animal’s skin and fur.
  • Arboreal – animals that primarily live in trees.
  • Prehensil– an animal’s limb or tail capable of grasping.

Fun Facts

  • Porcupines are found in CT primarily in the Northwest corner.
  • The name Porcupine comes from the French word for spiny pig.
  • Porcupines eat bark, nuts and roots.
  • Porcupines have over 30,000 quills which act as their main defense. They cannot shoot their quills
  • Fishers are their main predator.
  • Porcupines have an antibiotic on their skin that acts as protection from infection.
  • Baby porcupines are called porcupettes.
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