Their dress of spines turns porcupines into a less welcoming pray for predators. The effect is increased by their typical defensive behaviour: at alarm the spikes bristle up and the animals appear as twice as large. If the threat persits they will rattle their tail. If the predator kepps approaching anyways the porcupine turns to its back and ramps its spines into the enemy's body. Being in extreme distress, porcupines are able to fire off certain quills. The intruded spines get off the porcupine's back easily.
Size: head to barrel 46-93 cm; tail 6-17 cm
Age: 20 years
Sexually mature: at 6-19 month
gestation period: 93-105 days
food: bulbs, roots, fruits, bark, leaves, also crops
habitat: dry and rocky areas from sea level to 3500 m above sea level
Danger: not endangered