African Porcupine

The Porcupine is a rodent that comes across in the dry desert areas of Africa.

When attacked they ball themselves up in little round balls and use their sharp quills to pierce the skin of their attacker.

Size: The porcupine quills grow up to a length of 60cm

Lifespan: 20 years

Diet: they are rodents so they eat anything they can get their paws on, but they do prefer to eat farmers crops at the roots by borrowing underneath the soil.

Habitat: Savannah; This species has adapted to the dry, barren areas and open grass plains and is thus found especially in the Free State, North West Province and in the Karoo up to the west coast

Socialisation: Porcupines are nocturnal animals and tend to prow around at night.

Reproduction: 3-4 young are born every 3-4 months.

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