PREHENSILE-TAILED PORCUPINE

Scientific Name: Coendou prehensilis
Order
Rodentia

Family
Erethizontidae

Habitat & Range
The prehensile-tailed porcupine can be found in the forests of Central and South America.

Identification
Like most porcupines, the prehensile-tailed porcupine is covered in sharp quills. Body color ranges in color from yellow-brown to black. As their name suggests, they have a long tail that lacks spines and can be used to grasp objects. They average 11 pounds in weight and 41 inches in length, including the tail.

Diet
Commonly feeding on leaves, shoots, fruit, bark, buds and roots, prehensile-tailed porcupines are considered pests of many plantation crops.

Reproduction & Lifespan
Female prehensile-tailed porcupines produce only 1 offspring. They have no designated breeding season, and little is known about their courtship rituals.

Their average lifespan is estimated at 15 years, with a record longevity of 27 years.

 
 
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