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North American Porcupine

Erethizon dorsatum

Description:

Brown body with tan quills. Often found in trees during the day.

Habitat:

Found throughout North America in coniferous and mixed forests.

Notes:

These are two different porcupines I saw today, the first one was quite photogenic :) In Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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52 Comments (1–25)

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 5 years ago

peek-a-boo...extremely belated congrats ashley ;)

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Thanks Gerardo :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Fantastic great series Congratulations Ashley :)

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Thanks Mac!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 6 years ago

Congratulations for your SOTD

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Thank you Biswajit!

Biswajit De
Biswajit De 6 years ago

Congratulations for the SOTD! Nice Shots!

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Thanks Jolly and bee!

bee.jacbs
bee.jacbs 6 years ago

Congratulations Ashley! Thanks for sharing the spotting. I have only seen these guys in northern states. I never thought of them being so far south. Thats great. Always a treat to see. :)

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 6 years ago

Congratulations Ashley. Beautiful series

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Thanks Antonio :)

:-D Ashley my friend i'am happy :-) great SOTD,congrats and thanks for sharing such an amzing spotting page with us

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

I would imagine so, Hemma! Thanks Leanne :)

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 6 years ago

Congratulations Ashley! What a great spotting.

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

It must be such a terrifying feeling to know that you are going to be eaten alive!!

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Yes they shed them, but I have never heard of one shedding them all at once. But there was also fur and blood along with the hundreds of quills, I'm pretty sure something ate it lol. Some predators have figured out if they roll the porcupine onto the belly, there is no quills there and that's how they kill them without being injured themselves!

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

or could it be also that they shed there quills?

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

I don't blame them! When I was in S Africa, we found two different areas with hundreds of quills on the ground, so something over there eats them!

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

Lions are afraid of porcupines.

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Oh yes, lots! The area the first porcupine was in is also the same place a pair of great horned owls lives in. The owls nest their every year, and I see the porcupine their every time I go. I would assume the owls don't have a problem finding food, because they would have to be pretty desperate to go after a porcupine!

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

Are there raptors around in the daytime?

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Thanks again Jared :) And thanks Hemma! Yes these guys come down from the trees at night, but during the day they sleep in the trees. There were just a lot of dried leaves on the ground so when I got under him to photograph him he woke up since I was kind of loud. And yes, owls are interesting birds, I love finding them though!

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

Great find Ashley.This is as surprising as Tom's Snowy owl,which I learned that ,is around in the daytime and found on the ground.i look for owls usually in the evenings .

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 6 years ago

Oh brilliant, sorry never saw the last shot, really impressive, congrats on an excellent spotting of the day!

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Thanks Bas, Lisa, Larry, Lindsy, Stefania, and Jared :)
Jared, if you look at the last picture, they kind of stick out like a sore thumb in the winter! I had never even seen one before last month, I imagine they are impossible to find in the Summer when the trees have leaves, but it's easy in Winter :)

AshleyT
Spotted by
AshleyT

Canyon, Texas, USA

Lat: 34.99, Long: -101.93

Spotted on Feb 8, 2013
Submitted on Feb 8, 2013

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