North American Porcupine
American Black Bear


The second-largest rodent in North America, this porcupine species grows to be around 20 pounds and 2-3 feet in length.

Fun Facts

Though porcupines spend most of their time on the ground, they are good climbers and swimmers. Porcupines do not shoot their quills, because they are so lightly attached to their skin when approached by a predator they easily attach. The quill will then embed further into the skin of the predator at a rate of 1 mm per hour.

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Annual Cost of Care

The cost to care for this animal per year is $150.

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