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North American Porcupine

Erethizon dorsatum


The North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum), also known as Canadian Porcupine or Common Porcupine, is a large rodent in the New World porcupine family. The Beaver is the only rodent larger than the North American Porcupine found in North America. The porcupine is a caviomorph rodent whose ancestors rafted across the Atlantic from Africa to Brazil over 30 million years ago, and then invaded North America during the Great American Interchange after the Isthmus of Panama rose 3 million years ago.[3] (Wikipedia)


Shrub-steppe near a slow moving river.


It was dark out and the porcupine was 30 feet away down a hill. Very very difficult to manually focus on. Only managed one decent shot. An amazing creature to witness. My first time seeing one in the wild.

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Steve Lenz
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Steve Lenz

Washington, USA

Spotted on Sep 6, 2012
Submitted on Sep 21, 2012

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