Indian crested porcupine


Indian crested porcupine (Hystrix leucura)

In service of defense

Their barbed dress turns porcupines into a little welcoming pray for predators. The effect is increased by their typical defensive behaviour: at alarm the spikes bristle up and the animals appear twice as large. If the threat lasts, they rattle with their tail. If the predator approaches nevertheless, the porcupine drives its spikes into its body approaching its enemy laterally. Being in extreme distress, porcupines are able to fire off certain quills.

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Category: Mammal

Size: Head-trunk 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

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