The crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata), also known as European porcupine, African or North African porcupine porcupine is a species of rodent in the Hystricidae histricomorfo family.


Hystrix cristata





Danger of Extinction

Amenazada (vulnerable)



Inhabit warm regions of Asia and Africa and in Europe, in the central-southern Italy.
Many zoologists do not believe in the spontaneity of these populations, but reviewers were introduced by the Romans.
He is recognized by its white and black spiked long, pointed and strong, which can measure up to 35 cm long and to entirely cover the back, flanks and tail. When in danger, bristling barbs and shakes its tail sounding simultaneously. The pins are not firmly implanted in the skin, so that in case of aggression, the predator will release major gaping wounds and a distraction for the porcupine.
It measures about 60 cm long and 25 cm tall and can weigh about 15 kg. Large and robust head, trunk and short strong paws with claws.

Customs, food and habitat:

Customs, food and habitat:

The porcupine lives alone or in small family groups, and dry brushy terrain, especially in the foothills and often in close proximity to human dwellings. It is hidden in the crevices of rocks or in burrows dug about himself. It is an ear while nocturnal animal, possessed of an unusually sensitive nose, and the sight is underdeveloped.

It feeds on the green parts of plants, roots, tubers, other agricultural plants and occasionally meat foods. You can go up to several kilometers away from their burrows in search of food.



The porcupine does not usually disturb any animal, but when in danger, bristling barbs and shakes its tail sounding simultaneously. Barbs are not well-established in the skin allowing loosening after being attacked. Contrary to popular belief, porcupines are unable to throw its quills defensively.

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