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North American Porcupine

Erethizon dorsatum


Stout, walks slowly with a waddle, probably in no rush thanks to its hundreds of protective sharp quills. A large rodent, probably just a bit smaller than a beaver.


Spotted in a foresty provincial park in Northern Ontario. Found in coniferous and mixed forests in Canada and northern&eastern parts of the States.


As it walked, it also made a fairly loud "woooop woooop" sound.

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alina 7 years ago

hahha, alright, makes sense. ))

DaneCole 7 years ago

not that I'm scared, I just try to respect the ones that live in the woods that I walk in. I'd give them a hug if it wern't for those quills!

alina 7 years ago

thankyou thankyou! it was the first time i saw one in the wild, and i admit, it captured my heart. it was just so casual with its walk, and i found the noises it makes just adorable. but i can see why it can be intimidating -- those quills!

DaneCole 7 years ago

BTW! awesome spotting Alina

DaneCole 7 years ago

Such lovely rodents, I see them when hiking through the bush around my area and the are always kinda scared and run up a tree, but the thing is if you don't see them and get close to them Look out! Luckily i always spot them and stay a little clear from them. Very funny noises when they spot me out in the wild, kinda scares Me at first, maybe that's the warning.

alina 7 years ago

thankyou and thankyou! it was the first time i've seen a porcupine in the wild, and i've never heard that sound before either. it was quite cute. ))

DianePlatcoBrooks 7 years ago

Excellent spotting ! Very interesting about the sound it made too.

alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Very nice series!

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Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on May 9, 2012
Submitted on Dec 18, 2012

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